Wildfire fighting activities of “Khosrov Forest” state reserve of the RA Ministry of Nature Protection are in progress

14-08-2017

Approximately 150 employees of the RA MNP subdivisions led by RA Minister of Nature Protection Artsvik Minasyan have been present at “Khosrov Forest” state reserve for already three days. The works addressed to put out a fire broke out in the reserve /August 12/ are ongoing. According to the operative information, 78 rescuers, 122 soldiers of Ararat military unit of the RA Ministry of Defense, 60 officials of Ararat Regional Department of Police adjunct to the RoA Government, “Inter Aqua” fishery workers using water tubes, the residents of Urcadzor community of Ararat region are engaged. 2 helicopters of aviation unit of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia become involved in firefighting works. An administrative proceeding has been brought up. RA Minister of Emergency Situations Davit Tonoyan requested the Minister of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief of the Russian Federation Vladimir Puchkov to send a water-bombing plane to fight wildfires in “Khosrov Forest” state reserve.

The RA Ministry of Nature Protection calls for volunteer citizens leaving for the scene to arrive at “Khosrov Forest” state reserve from the roadblock of the 1st unit of “Urcadzor” district, where the RA MNP officials will coordinate the distribution of volunteers’ powers in various sections of wildfire areas.

Earlier, according to the information of the Ministry of Emergency Situations, a call was received, that 20km to the north of Urcadzor village, Ararat region, a vegetation zone is burning in “Zima” area of “Khosrov Forest” SNCO.

An operative group of Fire and Rescue Squad of Vedi along with 13 firefighter-rescuers set off the scene, including a group of 3 firefighter-rescuers of Regional Rescue Department and 2 firefighter-rescuers of Regional Crisis Management Center.

50 soldiers of Ararat military unit of the RA Ministry of Defense, 15 officers of Vedi Division of Police adjunct to the RoA Government and over 50 workers of the Forestry had a participation while combating wildfires.

Three rescuers of the center conducting emergency rescue operations (2 flights were carried out) accomplish extinguishing of fires by 2 helicopters of aviation unit of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia .

Due to the preliminary data, grassy and forest areas within 200-250 hectares are on fire. The existence of wind brings about fire spread.

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