12 forest fires extinguished in Primorsky territory

12 forest fires extinguished in Primorsky territory

20 April 2011

published by www.itar-tass.com

Russia — As many as 12 forest fires with an overall area of 350 hectares have been put out in Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky territory in the past 24 hours, a spokesman for the territorial emergencies administration told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

According to the spokesman, some 90 men and 62 pieces of hardware were involved in the fire fighting operations.

About 160 wildfires have already been reported in the Primorsky territory since the beginning of the fire season this year, of which 95 percent were extinguished during the first day, a spokesman for the local forestry administration told Itar-Tass. About 10 new fires are reported daily.

The fire situation is monitored in the round-the-clock regime a single control centre, which receives data from both satellites and land fire fighting services.

The weather in the area is dry and windy. Meteorologists forecast no heavy rains in the days to come. This was the reason to raise the fire hazard level in the territory.

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