Due to massive forest fires in Russia, authorities have now declared a state of emergency in the city of Sarov with the National Atomic Research Center. The administration of the protected city said that this step is necessary because the fire is spreading in the Nizhny Novgorod region and additional forces can be mobilized to extinguish the fires. This is where the Russian Nuclear Research Center is located.
The fire also threatened towns in many other regions. Siberian Yakutia (Sakha Republic) in northeastern Russia was particularly affected. Dozens of houses were burned there.
According to official information, yesterday about 3.5 million hectares of land caught fire throughout the country. Gregory Coxin of the environmental organization Greenpeace spoke on the radio station “Echo Moskwy” about “the worst wildfires in the history of Russian weather monitoring.”
400 new fires on Saturday
Countless wildfires have been raging in Greece for days, and 400 fires broke out on Saturday alone. The constant heat in the country is also responsible for this – temperatures of 40 ° C were reached throughout the week. The situation was especially critical at the weekend in the greater Athens region, on the island of Yuba and the Peloponnese peninsula. Tens of thousands of hectares of forest and many homes and businesses have already been destroyed.
Turkey has also been battling the worst forest fires in more than a decade for nearly two weeks. According to official information, at least six fires were not brought under control yesterday. Emergency services were mainly concentrated in the southwestern province of Mugla, Turkey. Anadolu news agency reported that another fire broke out at noon near Dalaman International Airport. Initially, however, nothing was known about any travel impairment.
In Mugla, the wind made it difficult to put out the fire. Due to the mountainous and sloping terrain, it is difficult for vehicles to access the densely forested area of the countryside. Therefore, firefighting aircraft and helicopters should be used.
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