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Large-scale forest fires in Siberia: the media are silent, the fire spreads. The main thing

Масштабные лесные пожары в Сибири: СМИ молчат, огонь распространяется. Главное

People require the emergency mode, and the authorities believe that common. Smog covers large city.

Russia swept the unprecedented forest fires, their total area has exceeded 3 million hectares, which is comparable to the territory of Crimea or Belgium. Despite this, the fire in many cases not even extinguish. City clouds smog, the locals go on a strike demanding to impose a state of emergency. “Rosbalt” tells about the main large-scale natural disaster.

According to Avialesookhrana, forest fires registered on the territory of 14 regions. The most serious situation in the Republic of Sakha (there, the fire covered more than 1.2 million hectares of forest) in the region (almost 1 million hectares) and the Irkutsk region (about 600 ha). The total area passed by fire, has almost reached 3 million hectares.

On fighting forest fires involved more than 3 thousand people, 423 units. Emergency mode is entered in 4 subjects of the Russian Federation: on the whole territory of the Irkutsk region, the Krasnoyarsk region, in two municipal districts of the Republic of Buryatia, in one municipal district of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

The Russian branch of Greenpeace published an interactive map, noting that in Siberia and the far East burns area by area comparable to Belgium.


Smog from wildfires covers a large city. The smell of burning is felt in Irkutsk, the smoke sucked Tatarstan, suffer the inhabitants of Buryatia and Kazakhstan.

The administration in the village of Vanavara, Evenkia announced the free distribution of medical masks. There because of the smog visibility does not exceed 800 meters.


According to ecologists, the majority of fires occurred in control areas from burning debris: stumps, roots, trunks, which appeared after the rolls. In some cases the fire was caused by the fires and cigarette butts left by tourists. Part of the fires wore natural character and started because of thunderstorms.

According to the head of Greenpeace fire project Russia Gregory kuksina, this year can become record-breaking size of the territory that is traversed forest fires.

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“We are already close to the end of the week beat record — 2012 or 2003, and the total area passed by fire since the beginning of the year, exceeds 13 million hectares. the Prognosis is very poor,” — said Grigory Kuksin “Rosbalt”.

Despite the scale of the disaster, the majority of forest fires is simply not extinguish it. Mostly forests are burning in remote areas where the cost of suppression exceeds the size of possible damage. Advisor to the head of the Federal forestry Agency Alexander Agafonov said that the Agency has no plans to use aircraft to extinguish forest fires in the Irkutsk region.

“See for yourself: closest point-based (aircraft tanker), 500 km from the fire in the forest. He flies back and throws a small amount of water. We’re broke aviation for such purposes,” — said Agafonov.

Масштабные лесные пожары в Сибири: СМИ молчат, огонь распространяется. Главное

In turn, the head of the government of the Krasnoyarsk region Yuri Lapshin said that the fires did not tusuetsja because the relevant methodology of the Federal forestry Agency, which allows not to stop the fire, if there is no threat to the economy.

“The logic is clear — you need to save money. But the extent of the fires this year are ambitious. Therefore, where there is even a hypothetical threat to settlements and objects of economy it is necessary to increase the grouping and to work on the edges of the fire. Yes, it will lead to additional costs, but we are able to justify these costs in the FFA. And in case you need to use the reserve Fund of the government of the Krasnoyarsk territory”, — summed up the discussions.

The Governor of Krasnoyarsk region Alexander USS has noted that forest fires are “a usual natural phenomenon, fight which is meaningless, and may even be harmful”.

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However, according to the ecologists the disastrous effects of forest fires in Russia. According to them, the fire could be managed at an early stage, but officials didn’t do because of lack of funds.

Earlier, the Chairman of the state Duma Committee on natural resources, property and land relations Nikolay Nikolaev has declared to “Rosbalt” that the fire can not handle old equipment.


Meanwhile, in the Internet appeared the petition with the requirement to declare a state of emergency in Siberia due to the forest fires. Its authors urged to take measures to extinguish the fire. At the time of publication of this material, a petition signed by almost 400 thousand people.

Another address is published on the website of Greenpeace, the organization is required to send extra troops to fight the fire and to revise the zone of control. The petition was signed by 120 thousand people.

Residents of Novosibirsk and Barnaul came to the pickets, claiming to impose a state of emergency. People were holding posters: “In the fire of more than 1 million ha. Why not introduce a state of emergency?” and “Siberia lights. Moscow is silent”.

The Russian Federal television channels in recent days virtually ignored the issue of forest fires. Sunday “Time” on the First channel on this natural disaster only 36 seconds. The final “News” on the “Russia 1”, which in the absence of Dmitry Kiselyov leads Evgeny Popov, and completely ignored this topic. The main event of the week it was considered a naval parade in St. Petersburg — was told about him for nearly 15 minutes. In the nearly two-hour release from state media was not even a few seconds, to report forest fires. NTV programme “Today” is also silent about what is happening in Siberia.

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