Wildfires are raging in Central Russia.
As of the morning of August 18, 181 hectares of forest in the Ryazan region were on fire, peat bogs were burning in the Vladimir region, and the smog reached Moscow.
The Prosecutor General's Office of the Russian Federation ordered an inspection in connection with the natural disaster.
“As part of supervisory measures, prosecutors will assess the causes of fires, the sufficiency of measures to prevent and monitor forest fires, the reliability of information about their area, the provision of fire brigades with the necessary equipment and equipment, the timeliness of attracting forces and means of extinguishing fire,” the press service said. supervisory authority, commenting on the situation in the Ryazan region.
The head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, Alexander Kurenkov, visited the region to assess the situation and control the provision of assistance to the population.
As the Acting Governor of the region Pavel Malkov noted the day before, the fire has already covered 800 hectares, affecting the territory of the Oksky Biosphere Reserve and the Meshchersky National Park.
On Thursday, August 18, the press service of Rosleskhoz said that the situation with fires would not be so critical if the forestry authorities of the Ryazan region did not hide the real situation.
As a result, the area of fires in the forests of the region increased from 84.8 to 181 hectares overnight.
“The forestry authorities of the Ryazan region and natural areas missed the situation with forest fires and hid real areas, which did not allow the federal forces to build up in time,” Rosleskhoz emphasized.
An emergency regime was introduced in the Spassky and Klepikovo districts of the region.
Authorities note that there is no threat to settlements yet.
At the same time, the regional department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations prepared an evacuation plan for the village of Golovanovo, located in close proximity to the territories engulfed in fire.
According to the latest data, 850 people and about 300 pieces of equipment, including aviation from the Russian Emergencies Ministry, were involved in the elimination of fires in the Ryazan region.
Two Be-200ES amphibious aircraft, two Il-76s, Mi-26, Mi-8, Ka-32A helicopters, as well as a BK 117 used for reconnaissance of the situation, were sent to the region.
“I ask the governors, primarily the regions of the Central and Volga Federal Districts, to organize work to update and increase the mineralized fire zones around settlements, taking into account the current fire situation,” the head of the Russian Emergencies Ministry emphasized during the coordination meeting.
"The stench is unbearable"
Eyewitnesses living near the burning areas of the Ryazan region claim that the fires have intensified due to strong winds that have risen in recent days.
“There is a lot of smoke, the worst thing is a horse fire, which is now blowing the wind through the tops of the forest,” employees of the Trubin estate in the village of Deulino explained to RT.
“And the wind is getting stronger, it’s blowing from the northeast, we are really looking forward to when it changes to the east and starts to drive the smoke away from us.
The evacuation was not announced.
Residents of Deulin also told RT that because of the dilapidated wooden bridge across the Pra River, rescuers had to take a detour to the fire site - through the town of Spas-Klepiki.
“Cars cost a lot - help has arrived from Moscow, but they are more effective in open areas.
So they stand ready throughout the village, and the forests are more extinguished from helicopters.
My fellow villagers volunteered to help our Ryazan rescuers yesterday, they brought food and water to the children.
It is hot, the stench from the smoke is unbearable, the eyes are watery,” says Tatyana, a resident of the village.
Another local resident, Lyubov Zhuravleva, moved to the city with her family due to fires and smoke in the Deulin area.
“We are worried about the house, we will go to look at the weekend,” the woman sighs.
- They left, according to acquaintances, so far only summer residents who live permanently - they are there, they still have a household, livestock, cattle.
Now there are buses for possible evacuation, fire equipment is standing right on the central streets.”
Smog reached Moscow
Rosleskhoz confirmed that smoke from a fire in the Ryazan region is observed in the south and southeast of Moscow.
Residents of some areas of the capital complain on social networks about the smell of burning and smog.
At the same time, experts say that the situation of 2010 in Moscow will not be repeated.
This position, in particular, was expressed by the head of the Meteo prognostic center Alexander Shuvalov.
“2010 does not threaten us, because then the duration of this dry period reached almost 40 days,” the source reminded RT.
— It started at the end of June and ended in the second half of August.
The weather then was very hot, with high temperatures.
Yes, we are hot right now.
And another week of hot weather.
Next week - + 30 ... + 32 ° С without any precipitation.
And the same weather is in the area of the anticyclone, which occupies virtually the entire European territory of Russia.
Shuvalov acknowledged that the situation with forest fires remains difficult, and stressed that now the main task is to prevent the emergence of new fires.
“It is necessary to prevent people from entering the forests as much as possible, to impose a ban on visiting forests,” the weatherman insists.
“Because 90% of forest fires, from which there is ashes that go to Moscow, appear because someone did not put out the fire, someone fried barbecue, someone threw a bottle, which then focused the sunlight ... It is important not allow the emergence of new outbreaks, and this depends to a very large extent on the behavior of people in the forests.
In turn, Rospotrebnadzor, due to the smell of burning in Moscow, recommended temporarily limiting the stay of children on playgrounds, as well as walking outside in a mask and regularly carrying out wet cleaning indoors.
Also, the department advised drinking plenty of water.
Preference should be given to alkaline mineral water, unsweetened decoctions of wild rose or lingonberries, green tea.
“In case of symptoms of an acute illness or malaise (when signs of shortness of breath, cough, insomnia) appear, you should consult a doctor,” the recommendation says.