Saturday, July 21, 2018

Wildfires prompt emergency measures in Urals regions

Wildfires have ignited in tens of thousands of hectares in Russia's Urals federal district, resulting in a state of emergency declaration in several regions, according to a spokesman for the Sverdlovsk region governor.

Hot weather has caused the wildfire situation to deteriorate dramatically, according to Itar-Tass.

"The difficult fire situation forces municipal authorities to take emergency measures," the spokesman said, Itar-Tass reports. "Thus, special fire regime has been imposed in 46 municipalities and districts. An emergency situation regime has been imposed in the Sosvinsky, Gagarinsky, Tavdinsky, and Taborinsky districts and in the town of Revda. Emergency situation regime might be imposed in the Alapayevsky district as well."

Wildfires have swept across 286 hectares of forests in the South Urals. Since the beginning of fire season, more than 1,000 forest fires have been extinguished across 7,000 hectares. Since July 13, special precautions have been imposed, with people banned from going into the forest and making fires, according to Itar-Tass.