The total area of the wildfires in Russia for the year increased by almost 30% — MOE

 Area of forest and peat fires that occurred in Russia since the beginning of fire season this year has already exceeded the 2011 figure by 30% and close to 2 million hectares, told RIA Novosti on Tuesday, a representative of the National Center for Crisis Management Emergency Ministry.

"There was a 19.09 thousand wildfires (in 2011 — 19.18 thousand, a decrease of 0.5%) with a total area of 1.72 million hectares (in 2011 — 1.33 million, an increase of 29.1%) "- said, noting that the situation is now stable fire in the Russian regions continue to operate with only nine centers covering about 270 hectares.

According to MOE, to fight forest fires in the Russian Federation currently involved little more than 800 people and 120 vehicles.

As reported earlier, the Office, in 2012, a high risk that wildfires and agricultural palov on settlements, garden plots and the economy projected in Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen, Omsk and Amur regions.

In a hazardous area could also be 1.1 thousand social facilities, 3000 lines, 536 oil and gas pipelines, 407 railway stations and 856 highways.

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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