Chupriyan explained his initiative by the acting head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations by the fact that during the fires in Siberia, houses remained intact in those territories where dry grass is removed, and not burned
In Russia, it is necessary to ban the practice of burning dry grass, which often causes fires in settlements, said Acting Minister of Emergency Situations Alexander Chupriyan on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel.
“The practice of setting fire to dry vegetation must be stopped,”— he said.
Chupriyan explained that during the fires in Siberia, houses remained intact in those areas where dry grass is harvested. “If the authorities had started clearing the vegetation, there would have been no centers [of fires],” — stressed the interim minister.
Chupriyan noted that it is easier to prevent a fire than to put it out. According to him, it is careless handling of fire that often leads to tragic consequences.
On May 10, speaking at a meeting on the situation with wildfires in the regions, President Vladimir Putin said that significant material damage from wildfires in Russia this year is “already obvious.” The head of state also proposed to discuss and take additional measures in order to make the situation with natural fires in the regions less acute. “I consider it necessary to establish a target indicator that can be used to evaluate both the efficiency of work and a specific result, namely, the reduction in the area of forest fires for each subject of the Federation and the country as a whole,” — said Putin.
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Chupriyan, speaking at the meeting, clarified that forest fires destroyed almost 1.3 thousand buildings in the Kurgan region, Krasnoyarsk region, Kemerovo, Irkutsk, Omsk and Novosibirsk regions, 16 people became victims, 18 more were injured. In turn, the head of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Alexander Kozlov, specified that this year 14.2 billion rubles were allocated to fight forest fires, which is 8.2 billion more than in previous years.
Deputy Prime Minister Victoria Abramchenko then also proposed to toughen the punishment for burning and burning grass. “Almost 100% of cases of natural fires in the spring” through the fault of man. These are agricultural burns, arson, violation of fire regulations and careless handling of fire. A sobering responsibility should be introduced, and not a fine of 2 thousand rubles.»,— she said.
From the beginning of spring, forest fires began in many regions of the country. According to “Avialesookhrana” As of May 12, there were 107 forest fires on the territory of Russia on the area covered by the fire of 25,562 hectares. Most active fires were recorded in the Krasnoyarsk Territory (17), Primorsky Territory (10), and Khabarovsk Territory (15). The state of emergency has now been introduced in five constituent entities of Russia: throughout the Kurgan region, in the Emelyanovsky municipal district of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, in the Sut-Kholsky municipal district of the Republic of Tyva, in the Askizsky municipal district of the Republic of Khakassia, in the Mazanovsky municipal district of the Amur region.
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