Armenia — In 2010, Armenia registered an unprecedented amount of forest fires. According to the publication of the National Statistical Service, 810 hectares of forest area had burned. This is 43 times more than in 2009, or in 2008.
In 2010, 47 cases of forest fires were registered. For comparison: in 2009 there were 17 such cases in 2008 – 8, and in 2007 – 1. Government has not yet estimated the losses caused by fires.
Recall that in 2010 the weather was dry in Armenia, in August-September, agriculture registered a drought. However, in some areas, local people deliberately set fire to forests for the expansion of pasture areas. Such cases, in particular, have been reported in the outskirts of Dilijan.