Russia: 7,000+ fight massive Siberia wildfires – nearly 100 homes and social facilities burned (Vesti) – Published 28 Apr 2017 1920z (GMT/UTC)

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“FEMA and the Department of Defense stepped up in Siberia, where Raging wildfires.

Now in the Federal District with fire fighting more than 7 thousand people and 2 thousand units. In a region already transferred aviation: aircraft IL-76 and “amphibian be-200. At any time to help firefighters ready to come over 25 000 soldiers from the reserve of the Ministry of defence. The military also provided nearly three dozen Army helicopters for aerial reconnaissance.

Fight fire with rescue workers hampered by weather, reports tv channel “Russia 24”. Strong wind provokes new ignition. The fire covered thousands of hectares of forest, including — near human settlements.

In hazardous areas remain towns in Irkutsk oblast and Buryatia. On the eve there already burned nearly 100 homes and social facilities. The fire has so far sent to relatives in hotels and temporary accommodation. For people organized a gathering of aid they will receive compensation. Regional authorities have promised to provide victims new housing or materials for the construction of houses” – Vesti (Translated by Bing) April 30, 2017 06:10

However Russia’s EMERCOM (April 30, 2017 08:01) stated that ther wildfire situation in Krasnoyarsk Territory is under control – all settlements are safe 

“The Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov has conducted a meeting of the Governmental Emergency Response Committee dedicated to fire safety in the Siberian Federal District.

It was mentioned that by decision of the Governmental Commission, the Emergency Situation mode of operation was enabled in all constituent territories of Siberia and special fire fighting regime was enabled in many municipalities.

“from 25 to 28 April, more than 2000 fires were put out by joint efforts of the Federal and regional fire departments, patrol groups of the municipalities and other services. More than 150 settlements in 22 municipalities were saved from fires”, pointed out Vladimir Puchkov.

Fire fighters and especially “The Institute of Village Elders” actively instruct population on fire safety. More than 95% of fires that occurred in KrasnoyarskTerritory were taken under control within the first day.

More than 700 administrative infractions for dry grass burning and campfire building were given by the Emergencies Ministry’s specialists in KrasnoyarskTerritory since beginning of 2017. Forestry workers already fined more than 3.7 million rubles.

The First Deputy Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, the Chairman of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Government, Viktor Tomenko reported that since 25 April the region experiences heat wave with strong wind gusting. The situation is the same, as in Khakassia in 2015, where people died due in major fires. Since 20 April special fire fighting regime was enabled in KrasnoyarskTerritory.

“Despite all taken preventive measures we detected several major violation of the regime by citizens. Due to casual handling of fire, nine houses were destroyed in 5 settlements of three municipalities”, said Viktor Tomenko. 15 people lost their houses. Nobody was killed or injured. According to Tomenko, all payments will be carried out from the regional budget and assistance from the federal budget is not required.

While mentioning forest fires, the Vice-Governor pointed out that these fires have no threat to settlements.

Despite this, a ground force consisting of more than 27,000 people and 1,500 units of equipment was created to protect the settlements in KrasnoyarskTerritory.

According to daily monitoring, the air is nor contaminated and there is no threat to health of KrasnoyarskTerritory residents.

“We completed the most important objective – we prevented human casualties. According to order of the Russian President Vladimir Putin we carry out comprehensive preventive efforts, provide aid and support to every affected person. All affected families must immediately receive compensations. I ask all social workers to take such cases under special control and help people to draft necessary documents”, pointed out Vladimir Puchkov.

The Emergencies Minister also pointed out that many people will leave towns for May Holidays. For that reason, it is necessary to organize additional efforts and protect all recreational sites. Vladimir Puchkov underlined that as a lot of people will go to their summer residences from towns, the motorways may get overloaded and he ordered Traffic Police to check once again preparedness of roads.

“We must not forget that spring flood is still ongoing and that requires additional work and preventive efforts. On one hand, wildfire risks are gradually decreasing, while on the other a lot of people leaving towns for holidays, skyrocketing these risks”, said the Minister.

Vladimir Puchkov also asked KrasnoyarskTerritory to assist Buryatia and Irkutsk Region in combating wildfires.

“KrasnoyarskTerritory has powerful group of personnel, this is why I ask you to organize cooperation with border constituents, such as Buryatia and Irkutsk Region that have adverse wildfire situation and unfavorable weather forecasts, provide necessary aid to stop fire spreading towards KrasnoyarskTerritory. Aircraft and ground forces are already fight fires there”, said Vladimir Puchkov.”

Source: http://en.mchs.ru/

Russia (Siberia): Khakassia wildfires leave at least 4 dead, 73 injured. Approx 100 houses in 21 villages on fire – Published 120415 1520z (GMT/UTC)

The government of a Siberian region reports that more than 70 people have been injured by agricultural fires that got out of control and swept through more than 20 towns and villages.

The fires were started by farmers burning the grass in their fields and they spread quickly because of strong winds. The government of Khakassia, a region in southeastern Siberia, has called on all residents to help put out the fires, which on Sunday destroyed 118 homes in 21 towns and villages.

The Defense Ministry and Emergencies Ministry said they were sending aircraft to help fight the fires. The state RIA Novosti news agency, quoting an Emergencies Ministry official, reported that firefighters were hampered by a shortage of water since the reservoirs were still covered with ice.

Sunday, 12 April, 2015 at 14:35 (02:35 PM) UTC RSOE

Press Reports

Two people died and 70 were hurt as a wildfire in Siberia caused by the burning of dry grass threatened villages, Russian officials said Sunday.

“Over 70 people asked for medical help, and two people died” as a fire raged in the Khakassia region of southern Siberia, the regional government said.

The emergency ministry said that they are using a plane, three fire trains and over 5,000 people to control the fire, but that strong winds are making this impossible.

“Over 100 houses in 21 villages are on fire,” the ministry said.

Two people were reported dead although authorities said the toll was “preliminary” until the exact cause of their deaths could be determined.

They called on “residents of the region to battle the fire, which began because of residents themselves after uncontrolled grass burning,” the ministry said on its website.

Spring and autumn burning of dry grass regularly results in massive wildfires that often cause extensive damage to homes and human life.

Wildfires in Russia in 2010 killed at least 60 people, destroyed over 3,000 homes and left Moscow shrouded in smoke. In 2012, fire destroyed 10 million hectares of Siberian forest, according to environmental groups.” – naharnet.com

Four killed by wildfires in Russia’s Siberia: TASS

“(Reuters) – Four people have been killed by wildfires raging though the grasslands of Russia’s Khakassia republic in southern Siberia, the TASS news agency reported on Sunday.

More than 20 villages and towns have been damaged by the fires that have been burning for several days in dry and windy weather, the Emergency Ministry said. Seventy-three people have suffered burns or smoke inhalation.

Two planes and a helicopter have been deployed, along with more than 1,000 firefighters.

Environmental activists say the occurrence of grassland wildfires in Russia has increased in recent years for various reasons, including rising temperatures.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Robin Pomeroy) ” – reuters.com

Europe: Fourth firefighter killed as wildfires rage in Spain and Portugal – 270813 1955z

 

Fourth firefighter killed as wildfires rage in Spain and Portugal

The fires have consumed large parts of forests in the two countries.

Firefighters carry fire hoses as they work to extinguish a forest fire outskirts of Cebreros, Spain, Sunday 4 August
Image: Andres Kudacki/AP/Press Association Images via http://www.thejournal.ie/

“FIREFIGHTERS AND LOCAL residents struggled today to tackle raging wildfires that have consumed large swathes of forest in Portugal and Spain and cost the lives of four emergency workers.

Firefighter death

A volunteer firefighter who tackled the same blaze as a female colleague killed last week in the mountains of central Portugal has died from his injuries, his commander Carlos Coelho said.

The 23-year-old’s death brings the number of emergency responders killed in Portugal’s August fires to four.

More than 800 firefighters were mobilised in Portugal to tackle the blazes, which have intensified overnight due to high winds.

A spokesman for Portugal’s emergencies agency repeated his call for France to remain in the country after two French planes were dispatched to drop water on affected regions this week.

“The French mission is supposed to be completed Thursday, but we asked for an extension. We are waiting for a response,” said Miguel Cruz, spokesman for the Civil Protection Authority.

Two Spanish planes had also helped Portuguese authorities take on the fires but returned home at the weekend.

‘Difficult situation’

Cruz said Portugal would not ask neighbouring Spain for more help because of their own “difficult situation”, as firefighters and water-dumping planes battled a large wildfire in Spain’s northwest that drove residents from their homes, according to officials.

The blaze, one of hundreds to ravage Spain’s parched land over the summer, broke out late yesterday near Oia, a village on the Atlantic coast near the border with Portugal.

Firefighters backed by aeroplanes and helicopters were battling to curb flames that ravaged 1,200 hectares as they spread, the regional government said in a statement.

An alert was declared after the fire came close to some houses and residents were evacuated, an official in the Galicia region rural affairs ministry told AFP, but no one was reported hurt.

“The situation has improved since last night,” the official said. “We are not aware of the fire reaching any houses, although there were some evacuations.”

Spanish newspapers said the number of evacuations was at least 176.

The ministry said firefighters had controlled four other fires in the region in recent days, which burned thousands of hectares between them.

The central government said it had sent firefighting planes and personnel to the Oia fire and two others, in the Asturias region and the Tarragona area west of Barcelona.

Other Reports

 

Wildfires ravage Portugal and Spain

SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA Updated: 21:48, Tuesday August 27, 2013

“Around 1000 firefighters are trying to put out 11 major wildfires in Portugal amid continuing hot weather and strong night-time winds.

The National Civil Protection Authority said on Tuesday the biggest blaze was near Viseu, about 200 kilometres north of the capital Lisbon.

It said four water-dropping aircraft were helping more than 360 firefighters working in thick woodland and ravines there.

Temperatures above 30C were forecast for northern areas where wildfires have caused the most damage, but winds were expected to drop.

Officials said a 23-year-old firefighter died on Monday night from severe burns he sustained in a wildfire last week. That blaze killed another firefighter at the scene.

Forest blazes have caused the death of four Portuguese firefighters this northern summer.

In Spain, firefighters and water-dumping planes were battling a large wildfire in the northwest that has driven local residents from their homes.

The blaze, one of hundreds to ravage Spain’s parched land over the northern summer, broke out late on Monday near Oia, a village on the Atlantic coast near the border with Portugal.

Firefighters backed by aeroplanes and helicopters were battling to curb the flames which have ravaged 1000 hectares as they spread, the regional government said in a statement on Tuesday.

An alert was declared after the fire came close to some houses and residents were evacuated, an official in the Galicia region rural affairs ministry told AFP, but no one was reported hurt.

‘The situation has improved since last night,’ the official said. ‘We are not aware of the fire reaching any houses, although there were some evacuations.’

The ministry said firefighters had controlled four other fires in the region in recent days, which burned thousands of hectares between them.” – skynews.com.au

Weather warnings: Spain

 

Weather warnings: Portugal

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