Forest fires in Tomsk put out 22 aircraft and helicopters

 Twenty-two aircraft, including ten aircraft and helicopters Russian Emergencies Ministry, brought to extinguish wildfires in the Tomsk region, told RIA Novosti on Thursday, a representative of the National Center for Crisis Management (National Emergency Management Center) Emergency Ministry.

According to authorities, in Russia continue to operate 179 fires, 29 of them in the area of 8.65 thousand hectares are raging in the Tomsk region. Threats to human settlements and economic facilities yet.

"Air group of 22 aircraft, including the Russian Emergency Ministry — three Il-76 aircraft, three Be-200ES, three helicopters Mi-8 and Mi-26" — said the National Emergency Management Center, adding that in the group also included four Mi-8 helicopter with overflow devices VSU-5 from the Ministry of Defence.

He added that most of the fire-ships based in the Tomsk airport "Bogashevo."

Emergency Situations Ministry reported earlier that this year the 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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