The fire broke out in the mountains near Alma-Ata, in extinguishing the involved aircraft

Major fire broke out in the mountains near Alma-Ata, in-fighting involving helicopters, from the children's camp near evacuated nearly 300 people, the press service of the city administration.

As reported in the ministry said the press release, the message was received by the fire, which started Wednesday, August 22 at 22:30 (20:30 MSK).

It turned out that the fire occurred in the Ile-Alatau National Park, which is located in Talgar district, Almaty region and is subordinated to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic.

Given the threat that fire poses to the residents of Almaty, the akim (mayor) of the city have been ordered to establish an emergency headquarters under the leadership of Deputy Mayor Erbol Shormanova. Involved in fire fighting capabilities of the Department of Emergency at the Alma-Ata: 536 people, 43 units of ground vehicles and five helicopters. The arrival to the place of emergency has two helicopters.

From the Camp "Mountain Sun" was evacuated 295 people, including 261 children.

The entrance to the gorge is blocked by the police.

As deputy chief of fire DES Almaty Alexander Lee, on the northern and western slopes of the mountain Mokhnatko fire is extinguished, its transmission continues in the southern and eastern slopes, which contributes to a large number of dead trees that remain in the national park after the storm, which occurred in May 2011.

Lee also said that the fire fighting, which began on Wednesday evening, was organized in the morning of Thursday, because safety is forbidden to send people to the mountains at night.

According to CSR, fire area is 18 hectares.

Information about the victims. There are isolated cases of bites firefighters bees.

A fire in a national park can be a threat to red-listed species of animals living there, according to Project Coordinator for Central Asia of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Russia Olga Pereladova.

"A forest fire in such a wonderful national park — big trouble. Still difficult to say what rare species may be affected by the fire, so as long as it is not clear the area. Example, snow leopards now live in the mountains, they are not threatened by wildfire . But argali mountain sheep is likely to suffer from the reduction of habitat, "- said Pereladova RIA Novosti.

National park "Ile-Alatau" was created in 1996 to preserve the unique ecosystems of Trans-Ili Alatau in highly anthropogenic pressure. The total area of the national park is 129 hectares, of which more than 42 thousand hectares of forest. A significant portion of the park is in a unique relic fir forests. Fauna includes 300 species of birds and animals. The park is home to the snow leopard, Central Asian lynx, Tien Shan brown bear, Central stone marten, mountain goat, serpoklyuv, bearded vulture, golden eagle, blue bird, and others.

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