Emergencies Ministry warns of the highest class of fire danger in 16 regions

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry on Friday warned of the highest — the fifth grade fire danger, which is expected in the next few hours in 16 subjects five federal districts.

"Operational forecasting of possible emergencies in the coming day will be caused by extreme fire danger in Southern (five subjects, and 16 municipalities), Volga (three subjects, up to 11 municipalities), Ural (two subjects, and two municipalities), Siberian (four subject to the 12 municipal districts), Far Eastern federal districts (two subjects, and four municipalities), "- said in an operational forecast office.

According to the agency, is now in Russia continue to operate 246 wildfires, the area of active burning is 173.4 hectares. Threats settlements and no economy. Fighting the fire are 5.73 thousand people and 707 vehicles.

As reported earlier, the Russian Emergencies Ministry, in 2012, a high risk that wildfires and agricultural palov on communities, plots and projected economic facilities in Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, Omsk and Amur regions.

In the danger zone may also be 1.1 thousand social facilities, 3000 lines, 536 oil and gas pipelines, 407 railway stations and 856 highways.

According to the forecast office, exceeding the average annual values of landscape fires (the number of seats and the area) is expected in Bashkortostan, Buryatia, Komi, Perm, Altai, Krasnoyarsk, Trans-Baikal, Khabarovsk and Primorye territories, Kaliningrad, Voronezh, Novosibirsk, Tomsk, Kirov, Sverdlovsk, Tyumen and Omsk regions.

According to MOE, in 2011 in Russia was 21.1 thousands of forest fires (in 2010 — 34.8 thousand) of the total area of 1.67 million hectares (in 2010 — 2.45 million).

The most difficult situation in some periods of the fire season shape in Yakutia, Komi Republic, Buryatia, Khabarovsk, Trans-Baikal, Krasnoyarsk regions, Arkhangelsk and Irkutsk regions.

In the North-West, Ural, Siberian and Far Eastern federal districts accounted for 88% of the total number of forest fires occurred, and 99% of the area traversed by fire.

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