The RSA officials think how to fight arsonists. Will there be any use?

18 August 2015 13:35  87104851 0105885
The RSA officials think how to fight arsonists. Will there be any use?

Regional authorities discussed the causes of fires in fields, that have destroyed hectares of land and property of citizens.


Fires in recent days have become very frequent in several districts of Transcarpathia. Traditionally, the greatest number of fires occur in Uzhgorod district where 12 cases were recorded during the last week. Seven fires occured in Vynogradiv district, five - in Mukachevo district and one fire - in Khust, Rakhiv, Beregovo, and Velyky Berezny districts each.

Due to the difficult situation with fires at the facilities and ecosystems of the region over the recent hot days, yesterday (17.08), at the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration there was an extraordinary meeting of the regional committee chaired by the Deputy Governor Mykhailo Rivis.

As reported by the head of the emergency response department of the State Emergencies Service of Ukraine Office in Transcarpathian region Dmytro Leshko, the number of fires in forests of the region has increased 1.6 times, in natural ecosystems - also 1.6 times. "In general, in 2015, there have been 1446 fires in Transcarpathia, against 975 in 2014. Of those, 83 - at facilities, 529 - in residential areas, 86 - in cars, 17 - in the woods, 747 - dry vegetation, debris", - Dmytro Leshko elaborated.

According to him, the main causes of fires in natural ecosystems are careless handling of fire and burning of vegetation remnants on agricultural lands and on lands adjacent to forests.

In general, since the beginning of the year, dry vegetation in the region has burned 568 times. As a result of these fires, almost 620 hectares of dry grass has burned in the region. This has a negative impact on the environment, because fire destroys fertile soil. In addition, the smoke from grass burning is harmful to human health.       

So, having discussed all the problematic aspects of this issue, Mykhailo Rivis instructed the relevant services to intensify explanatory work among the population to prevent burning of dry grass, vegetation residues and household waste. And also, to ensure timely engagement of fire-rescue units to extinguish fires in natural ecosystems in the early stages of their occurrence and to engage civil protection services, businesses, organizations and local communities.

In turn, Transcarpathian rescuers appeal to farm managers and citizens on the prevention and prohibition of burning of dry grass, stubble and crop residues, etc.
Because the destruction of stubble is also the destruction of flora and fauna of Transcarpathia!

Press service of the Transcarpathian Regional State Administration

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