What does it feel like to see how huge forested area is quickly devoured by fire? Firemen participate in the process of fire extinguishing risking their lives and trying to prevent another tragedy.
The Komi Republic is experiencing summer thunders. The number of forest fires found in areas with hard access increased due to the dry and hot weather. Some fires can be notice only from the airplanes. In the beginning of May Komi saw 180 forest fires on the square of 4 and a half thousand hectares.
Today the situation with fires in the Republic remains rather complicated. 13 fires are observed on the territory of 1500 hectares. Parachute jumpers are here to extinguish fire. They managed to liquidate the largest and most dangerous fire open since June 26. The people are practically deprived of their holidays as according to the forecast, dry and windy weather with thunderstorms is expected again.
The fire found in a remote place located far from an inhabited area was found from an airplane. Komi has over 35 million hectares of land which is protected from fire with the help of aviation.
River is not an obstacle for a forest fire. Wind and air currents transfer live coals across rivers setting the other part of the forest on fire.
Boggy areas prevent people from using fire extinguishing equipment but do not hinder fire shifting. Local forest rangers describe their journey through the boreal forest and spending several days in marshes following the fire. They managed to save several thousand hectares of land that time.