Georgia’s Orthodox patriarch to visit Moscow to mark Russian patriarch’s 70th birthdaySociety & Culture October 23, 4:21
Iraqi forces enter last settlement on northern approaches to Mosul — mediaWorld October 23, 3:56
Azerbaijan’s president says his country will not increase oil outputBusiness & Economy October 23, 3:29
Second round of parliamentary election to be held in Lithuania on SundayWorld October 23, 2:49
Russian Duma delegation to take part in BRICS forum, IPU Assembly in GenevaRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 23, 2:11
Ceasefire in Syria violated 44 times in 24 hours — Russian reconciliation centerWorld October 23, 1:36
Russian national delegation would be more effective at US election — expertRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 23, 1:09
Russia looks to produce Zika vaccine in Nicaragua — health ministerSociety & Culture October 23, 0:20
Russian diplomat calls to compare death tolls in Iraq under Hussein vs under US ruleRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 22, 21:00
MOSCOW, July 30 (Itar-Tass) — At least 34 fires are currently effective in the Tomsk region on the area of 10,300 hectares, deputy governor Andrei Trubitsyn told journalists on Monday.
“Additional forces from the federal reserve are being transported to the spot. Four helicopters of the Russian Defence Ministry are expected to arrive,” Trubitsyn said.
“The total group, which fight forest fires in the region, has increased up to 1,577 people and 170 units of hardware. Twenty aircraft are involved in the fire-fighting operation. Additional four combat helicopters are due to arrive,” the deputy governor said.
He stressed, “Much has been done to protect settlements.”
“At present, the ‘forbidden’ methods of using explosive devices are tested to prevent forest fires from spreading,” the deputy governor said.
In his words, 313 paratroopers are involved in order to fight fires.
For his part, an official of the Tomsk meteorological centre, Alexei Krutovsky, said, “The state of emergency has been extended till July 31 because of the unfavourable weather conditions. The heat will not leave the region. The first weeks of August will be rather warm and without heavy rains.”
Earlier, the Emergencies Ministry reported that twelve aircraft, including the Be-200 and Il-76 planes, had been involved to fight fires. “There is no threat to settlements from forest fires,” the ministry stressed.
According to its data, the fire risk situation remains in the Verkhneketsky, Parabelsky, Teguldetsky, Pervomaisky, Molchanovsky, Kargasoksky, Kolpashevsky and Chainsky districts.