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On Sakhalin in the risk zone will be 38 settlements

The governor of the Sakhalin region, Alexander Khoroshavin, at a meeting of the regional government instructed to pay special attention to ensuring the safety of the settlements in the region in preparation for the fire-hazardous season, the governor’s press service reports.

“The plans to extinguish forest fires should be checked again. Identify and eliminate weaknesses, take into account all risks. Assess the readiness of people and technology. Increase reserves if necessary. Of course, "hot" days are coming for us in this regard. But they will be better for us today than tomorrow for the entire region, ”the press service quotes the governor as saying.

A. Khoroshavin added that according to the assessment of the regional Ministry of Emergency Situations this year, the possibility of 60 forest fires is allowed to occur on Sakhalin. 38 settlements may be at risk, where up to 47 thousands of islanders live. The highest, fifth class of fire danger is predicted in the territories of Poronaisk, Smirnykhovsky, Tymovsky, Nogliksky and Okha urban districts.

According to the governor, in 2013, the number of forest fires in the Sakhalin region almost halved, and the amount of damage was reduced almost 20 times compared to 2012 year. A long-term target program for the protection of forests, which will act as a state from this year, has played a certain positive role in this regard. 

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