Peat-bog fires extinguished in part of Moscow region

Peat-bog fires extinguished in part of Moscow region

5 October 2005

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MOSCOW — Peat-bog fires have been put out in the northwestern Klin district of the Moscow region, the vice-governor of the Moscow region has told Itar-Tass.

The official, Alexei Panteleyev, said all fire seats were liquidated on Wednesday in the northeastern Noginsk district. Peat-bog fires persist in four more areas of the Moscow region, where specialists continue work to put them out.

Less than 15 hectares of woodland and peat bogs are burning in the Moscow region at present, sources from the regional government told Tass.

For the first time the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations has used the amphibious plane Be-200 to fight against peat-bog fires in the Moscow region.

The Be-200 spent five hours and ten minutes in the air on Wednesday, ministry sources said. It will continue work on Thursday. Mi-8 and Mi-26 helicopters were also used for putting out fires in the Moscow region.

Owing to the use of planes, the situation with woodland and peat-bog fires has radically improved in the region, the sources emphasized.

A total of 38 cars collided on Tuesday in Russia’s Vladimir region northeast of Moscow in a thick fog caused by peat-bog fires. 


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