Russia — A forest fire in the Khasan district, Primorye Territory, left without electricity several dwelling houses in two villages Barabash and Ovchinnikovka as well as a border post, reported the press service of the local branch of the Primorye power grid. The fire damaged a suspension cable power line, burning down four wooden pylons.
Work to restore the power line started on Thursday. The damaged line 30 kilometres long is planned to be restored and put into operation in one day.
According to the Ministry for Emergencies, a disquieting situation is shaping up in the Primorye Territory with forest fires. The violation of fire safety rules by local population uncontrolled burning-up of dry grass and smouldering bonfires of holidaymakers is the main reason for forest fires.
The Primorye Territory took a decision on Wednesday to set up a common crisis centre to orchestrate efforts of all departments to put out forest fires. At the same time, preventive measures will be carried out in all cities and districts of the territory which are in the risk zone.
It is planned to form voluntary fire-fighting teams in villages and towns. Besides, local authorities should take under their control measures on burning up dry grass in spring, which is the main reason for fires.