Over 1mn hectares burning in Krasnoyarsk region: mainland fire reaches Arctic

Over 1mn hectares burning in Krasnoyarsk region: mainland fire reaches Arctic

The number of hot spots increases by 13 per day.

The area of forest fires in the Krasnoyarsk region has grown to 1 million hectares. The information is given in the forest fire center report on August 10. This area is distributed between 131 sources of ignition; it is worth noting that there were only 118 of them yesterday. They are detected in Evenki, Boguchansky, North Yenisei, Abansky, Kezhemsky, Motyginsky, and Nizhneingashsky areas. 

During the day, 65 hot spots were extinguished near settlements on an area of 35,640 ha.  

Smoke from forest fires has already reached the remote villages of Taimyr. There is smog in the village of Kheta in the Taimyr Dolgan-Nenets district of the Krasnoyarsk region; the sun is not visible. Locals complain that they have difficulty breathing. The village is located in the Arctic zone, on the coast of the Arctic Ocean. This is the first time that the mainland fire has reached the Arctic.

This season, over 13 million hectares of forest have already burned down in the country. According to eco activists, 2019 has had the most forest fires since 2001. Environmentalists say that 13 thousand animals could die in Krasnoyarsk alone. 

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