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Greenpeace warned of the risk of recurrence of strong fires in the Far Eastern Federal District
Greenpeace said that the situation with forest fires in Siberia and the Far East is developing rapidly - there are many times more than in early July in past years. Because of this, the Russian branch of Greenpeace collects signatures calling on the government to take urgent measures and prevent a recurrence of the disaster of last year.
As noted on the organization’s website, the number of thermal points is four times more than the average for this time. It already exceeds average peak values over the past 19 years.
Now the most fires are raging in Yakutia, in Chukotka, in the Magadan region, in the north of Kamchatka and in the Krasnoyarsk Territory. At the same time, records of climatic anomalies were broken in Siberia and the Far Eastern Federal District - in the polar regions, the air temperature reaches +38 degrees, in many regions the precipitation is becoming less.
Greenpeace believes that the authorities did not learn any lessons from the fire accident in 2019, and note that because of this, the disaster in the forests of Siberia and the Far East is likely to happen again. The organization notes that in order to solve the problem, the government must take decisive actions: at least three times increase funding from the federal forestry budget in the regions, as well as decide on control zones where regional authorities may not extinguish existing fires due to economic inexpediency.
An increase in the number of outbreaks and areas of natural fires in the Far East warned MOE. Most fires were expected in Transbaikalia and in Yakutia. At the end of April, the head of the Ministry of Emergencies, Yevgeny Zinichev called the situation with forest fires in the Far Eastern Federal District critical