5 wildfire response centres to be set up

5 wildfire response centres to be set up

08 November 2010

published by english.ruvr.ru

Russia —  Five wildfire rapid response centres will be set up in Russia. They will be located in the North-west and Central regions, in the Urals, in Siberia and in the Far East, said Nikolai Kovalev of the Federal Forestry Agency.

He says that each centre will be staffed with airborne firefighters, who will be flown out to the sites of forest fires.

According to aerospace surveillance, last summer’s wildfires tore through more than three million hectares of forests. 60 people died and 2,500 homes were burned to the ground.

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