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Hunting banned in Moscow region for fear of wildfires amid heat wave

August 05, 2014, 20:47 UTC+3 KRASNOGORSK (Moscow region)

Restricted access to forests is in place in many Russian regions

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KRASNOGORSK (Moscow region), August 05. /ITAR-TASS/. The Moscow region government has banned all kinds of hunting in the region for fear of forest and peat fires amid abnormally high temperatures, an Agricultural Ministry specialist said on Tuesday.

“One cigarette carelessly thrown into dry grass may cause big trouble,” said Dmitry Vachurov, the head of the ministry’s hunting department.

Restricted access to forests is in place in many Russian regions. The most difficult situation is in Yakutia in Russia’s Far East, where the area of wildfires reached 750,000 hectares on July 31. A total of 51,000 hectares of woodland were engulfed in flames in Siberia as of August 1, with wildfires raging mainly in its Buryatia, Tuva, Altai and the Irkutsk region. Most of fires were caused by negligence in handling burning material and thunderstorms.

Efforts by Emergencies Ministry’s forest services’ specialists have reduced the area of wildfires in the Siberian Federal District to 1,700 hectares.

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