KRASNOYARSK, August 6 (Itar-Tass) — Reasons for all major fires in Krasnoyarsk Territory are not linked to the human factor because flash points are recorded in distanced and absolutely uninhabited areas, governor Lev Kuznetsov said in Tomsk on Monday.
Kuznetsov took part in a meeting devoted to the elimination of the consequences of forest fires in the Siberian Federal District. The meeting was chaired by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
Commenting on the situation, the governor said about 95 percent of forest fires were recorded in distant and absolutely uninhabited areas that is why there was no threat to settlements and economic facilities.
“According to Roshydromet (the Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring), the maximum of temperatures in 100 years was exceeded in several districts. Precipitations have not been reported in these areas for two months. The causes of all major fires are not linked to the human factor because the outbreaks are recorded in distant and absolutely uninhabited districts. Fires are conditioned by dry storms that are proved by direction finding systems,” the governor stressed.
Speaking about the smoke in several settlements, Kuznetsov said Roshydromet and Rospotrebnadzor specialists confirmed that sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and formaldehyde in settlements did not exceed hygiene norms and confronted the substance content in the air during the heating season.
The governor also said a total of 663 specialists of the fireproof centre were involved to fight fires. The centre also involves another 357 people among the local population and personnel of business tenants. At least 97 units of hardware work on the spot.
The total number of those who are involved in fire-fighting works exceeds 3,000 people. Three hundreds of joint posts and raids have been organised. They work day and night. Citizens’ walks to forests are restricted and production activity is forbidden in forests. The government of the Territory provided 500 million roubles from the reserve fund to put out forest fires and conduct patrolling.
The governor noted that such sum was rather big for the regional budget. He addressed the prime minister to render material support. This year the federal budget provided 160 million roubles to fight fires. Air patrolling exceeded 688 million roubles, he said.
Medvedev said he is satisfied with the work of all structures of Siberian regions in order to fight fires. He instructed the leadership of the region to prepare a feasibility report under which the budget expenses would be compensated from the Federal Treasury.
Medvedev also signed a list of instructions for Russian regions that were hit by the abnormally high temperatures in 2012.
In particular, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Federal Forestry Agency have been instructed to ensure control over the fire situation in Russian regions and continue the implementation of the inter-regional plan on manoeuvring of fire-fighting units, fire-fighting equipment and machinery.
The Federal Forestry Agency has been instructed to promptly work with the government of Krasnoyarsk Territory to send additional units of fire-fighting paratroopers to the region.
The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry shall take additional measures to normalise the situation in Tomsk due to the heavy smoke.
The Finance Ministry, the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Federal Forestry Agency should work out steps towards paying debts to Russian regions for putting out forest fires. The agencies have also instructed to work out measures to provide additional funding from 2013 to increase the number of fire-fighting paratroopers up to 5,900 specialists.
The military-industrial commission jointly with the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Defence Ministry and the Russian Academy of Sciences should work out measures to find hot spots in forests and fight fires with the aid of aviation amidst poor visibility.
Proposals should be prepared on compulsory social insurance of citizens and juridical persons from damage caused by calamities.
Tomsk Region governor Sergei Zhvachkin has been instructed to take under personal control and ensure safety of flights in the airport of Tomsk during the state of emergency.