IZHEVSK, May 17. /TASS/. The operation to put out a major fire on a former army base near the village of Pugachevo in Udmurtia, a region to the west of the Ural Mountains, has been resumed on Thursday morning, a spokesman for the Russian emergencies ministry’s regional department told TASS.
"The ministry’s aircraft have resumed the firefighting operation at the fire site. A Be-200 plane and a Mi-8 helicopter are surveying the area. Due to thick smoke and a heavy fog, the aircraft set off on a mission with a delay," he said, adding that more than 50 tonnes of water had been dropped over the fire site the day before.
The blaze broke out on the territory of the former army base west of the village of Pugachevo on Wednesday. I was accompanied by denotations of singular munitions still remaining there.
Nonetheless, the authorities introduced an emergency situation in the Malay Purga district of Udmurtia where Pugachevo and the former base are located. As many as 2,000 people were evacuated from the area to temporary accommodation centers. According to the latest data, the fire are is 300 hectares.