Wildfires in Russia this year could start earlier than usual

MOE estimates that natural fires in five federal districts (FD) of the country in 2013 may begin earlier than usual.

In recent years, the number of natural hazards and major technological disasters is growing. Disaster risks arising from global climate change, and economic activity are a significant threat to the population and the economy.

According to MOE, in areas of possible impact of the damaging factors in accidents at critical and potentially dangerous objects are more than 90 million Russians, or 60% of the population.

The annual economic cost (direct and indirect) from emergencies of various kinds can reach 1.5-2% of gross domestic product — from 675 to 900 billion rubles.

"The beginning of fire season earlier periods of mean forecast in the Central, Volga, Southern, Urals, Siberian Federal District," — said in a forecast of the Centre "Antistikhia" in 2013.

Agency said that the first wildfires this year could be in the Trans-Baikal, Altai Territory, Buryatia, Tuva, Volgograd, Rostov, Sverdlovsk, Kurgan, Chelyabinsk, Tyumen and Omsk regions.

"Options fire risk in 2013 will be calculated after the end of the accumulation of snow storage and refining temperature during the growing season," — said the agency.

According to MOE, the high risk that wildfires and agricultural palov on communities this year is projected in the Altai, Trans-Baikal, Krasnoyarsk, Khabarovsk, Mordovia, Amur, Omsk, Irkutsk, Sverdlovsk, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Orenburg, Voronezh, Vladimir, Ryazan, Lipetsk, Moscow, Tver, Yaroslavl and Volgograd regions.

As reported earlier, the Office, in 2012, exceeding the parameters of fire conditions on the number of lesions was recorded in the Urals (1.8 times), Siberian (1.2 times) and Far East (1.1 times) of the federal districts and the area — in the Urals (4 times) and Siberian (2 times) FD.

Most of fires were reported in the Siberian (8.61 thousand, 44% of the total) and the Urals (7.15 thousand, 37% of the total) FD.

The largest areas of fires registered in the Siberian Federal District (943.81 thousand hectares, 55% of the total area of the country). Among the most "hot" subjects were Yakutia, Krasnoyarsk, Transbaikalia, the Khabarovsk Territory, Tomsk, Chelyabinsk region and the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Area.

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