- Title: Russia fights Siberian wildfires from the air
- Date: 4th July 2020
- Summary: IRKUTSK REGION, RUSSIA (JULY 3, 2020) (REUTERS) VIEW FROM ON BOARD EMERGENCY SERVICE PLANE DROPPING WATER ON WILDFIRES/ SMOKE RISING FROM BURNING TREES AND UNDERGROWTH CREW MEMBER AT CONTROL PANEL LOOKING OUT OF WINDOW SMOKE RISING FROM WILDFIRE CREW MEMBER SURVEYING THE SCENE BELOW WILDFIRE SMOKE RISING VARIOUS OF CREW MEMBER OPERATING WATER TANK RELEASE CONTROLS WATER DROPPING FROM PLANE MONITOR SCREEN SMOKE RISING FROM BLACKENED TREES SMOKE RISING ON PLANE'S MONITOR SCREEN PLANE SCOOPING WATER FROM LAKE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DEPUTY HEAD OF IRKUTSK REGIONAL FORESTRY MINISTRY, DMITRY PETRENYOV, SAYING: "The situation with the fire hazard in the Irkutsk region remains complicated. Weather conditions are extremely unfavourable, we are having an extraordinary heatwave. There is no rain. Every day 30-40 wildfires occur on the territory of Irkutsk region, which we continue to extinguish." VARIOUS OF WILDFIRES FROM PLANE (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DEPUTY HEAD OF IRKUTSK REGIONAL FORESTRY MINISTRY, DMITRY PETRENYOV, SAYING: "Wildfires occur on the whole territory of the Irkutsk region every day, now the main cause of fires is thunderstorm fronts. They mainly occur deep in the forest, in taiga areas, where only aircraft can reach the fire. We are using aviation and sending paratroopers there to extinguish wildfires. The problem is the complicated terrain, we cannot move vehicles there." VARIOUS OF WILDFIRES FROM PLANE VARIOUS OF FIREFIGHTING PLANES ON TARMAC
- Embargoed: 18th July 2020 14:55
- Keywords: Irkutsk Mchs Russia Siberia fires forest rescuers wildfires wood
- Location: IRKUTSK REGION, RUSSIA
- City: IRKUTSK REGION, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wildfires/Forest Fires
- Reuters ID: LVA001CLE97IF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Firefighting planes are tackling widespread wildfires sparked by a heatwave in remote areas of Russia's Siberia and far east regions.
According to the forestry ministry monitoring system, fires have spread to three million hectares in Yakutiam Chukotka, the Magadan and Krasnoyarsk regions and Kamchatka.
Siberia is experiencing a severe heatwave, with a remote town in northeastern Siberia recently registering a record high temperature of 38 decrees Celsius (100.4 Fahrenheit).
Dmitry Petrenyov, deputy head of the regional forestry ministry said on Friday (July 3) the main cause of the fires was lightning strikes and because the region was so remote, aircraft and paratroopers were the only way of tackling the blazes.
(Production: Anton Derbenev, Galina Sotnikova)
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