Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria — The wildfire raging in the Rila mountain national park has been limited within 1,400 decares and does not spread for now but firefighters continue to put it out, Civil Protection Director Andrey Ivanov told Focus News Agency. The two Spanish firefighting airplanes landed on Sofia airport on Tuesday at 7.20 p.m. and will start battling the flames on Wednesday.
The efforts to extinguish a massive wildfire in the Bulgarian Rila National Park continue. Two French aircraft equipped for fire fighting were sent to assist in the efforts of the Bulgarians. So far the fire has been controlled but is not extinguished. A total of 260 people from the Fire Brigade, the Ministry of Extraordinary Situations, the Ministry of Defense, the police, and volunteers participate in the efforts. The fire has once again put forward the issue with Bulgarias old equipment to be used in similar situations.
Aircraft expected to join efforts for extinguishing fire raging in Samokov municipality
Samokov — The planes, sent by the European Union to assist Bulgaria in the efforts to control a massive wildfire in the Rila national park will participate in the efforts to control a wildfire in the municipality of Samokov in the same region as the Rila fire, the Deputy Mayor of Samokov Hristo Yarlovski said in an interview for FOCUS News Agency. According to the information the new fire is burning on the territory of several villages. Although there is no danger for the lives of people living in the area, a situation of emergency has been declared.
Firefighting planes now used to extinguish fire in Rila
Samokov — The planes, sent by the EU to assist Bulgaria in its efforts to control a massive forest fire in the Rila mountain are now part of the combined efforts to control the disaster, Emil Ivanov, Regional Governor of Sofia region announced in an interview for FOCUS News Agency. According to him there is no danger for the people living in areas close to the fire.
National Forestry Agency has registered 489 wildfires since beginning of year
Sofia — A total of 489 wildfires have been registered in Bulgaria since the beginning of the year. 40,603 decares of woodland have been destroyed, Kamen Dimitrov, chief expert with the National Forestry Agency, told Focus News Agency. The highest number of fires has been registered in the northern region of Lovech where over 8,000 decares of woodland have burnt down. The reason for 32.11% of the fires is burning stubble, while 16% of the fires have been caused by pastures burnt down.