The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

A serious fire-hazardous situation occured in the south of the Almaty region. Lack of precipitations and strong wind caused in the 4th, last but one, danger class. Let’s fly over the region and see how they try to solve the problem.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

In spring the delta of the Ili river is very beautiful. The region has a unique microclimate and such plants that cannot be found anywhere else in Kazakhstan.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

It’s a paradise for any animals!

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

For air fireground recon private planes and helicopters are rented. This is Bell-206, the miniature and very maneuverable helicopter which is important for finding hot spots.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th class of dangerĀ presupposes double patrolling of the territory.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Fire in the steppe

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Suddenly a minibus appears..

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The helicopter blocks the way to incendiaries. The minibus stops.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Meanwhile, the tamarisk and saxaul are burning…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

When they were asked why they had set the steppe on fire they explained they had wanted to get rid of wolves that stole their sheep… What an original way to fight wolves!

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The attempt to find “a peaceful way out” failed. They will have to pay a huge administrative fine.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Burning is forbidden in May. Dry grass is to be burnt in February-March when the process can be controlled. May winds may destroy the territory of a state forest fund.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Help is needed, the guys go for forest protection troopers with fire-fighting equipment.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

In 15 minutes the helicopter is back

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

It’s quite risky to fly so low in the smoke because it may result in surging of the turbine…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Of course such a fire cannot be extinguished with a backpack…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

However it can help to localize it.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Soon they run out of the water…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Even green grass is burning…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

People rent lands in the region and do not care much about fire safety. All fires are caused by locals.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

This year on the territory of the state forest fund there have been 7 large fires.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

We are up in the air. It’s been an hour from the moment of the arson. The fire has already segmented with the wind. Now only special equipment can fight it.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Here the riparian woodland has been recently fully destroyed…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Children of Bakanas

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

In another hour special equipment arrives.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Flying low over the Ili river and near

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

A new Eurocopter AS350-B3 is going to fight fires too…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

In Bakanas

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Light plane Partenavia P.68

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Flying over the crowd…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

… to throw down fire safety leaflets…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Unique Asiatic poplar forest

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Asiatic poplar (Populus diversifolia) grows only in Central Asia

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

They say that the tree survived in the last ice-age…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The aul is burning, half an hour ago everything was fine there…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Three yards are in fire. The owners can’t cope with it by themselves… Locals often try to solve their problems with help of fire and often suffer from it themselves. In 2005 a fire in this region that occured in 4 farms killed 230 domestic animals. The wind spread the fire along 1 thousand hectares…

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Vehicles of the air multifrequency network

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

New Eurocopter EC-145 is training to fly in the Kazakh climate conditions.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

They are equipped as air ambulances.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Mi-171

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Training to land in mountainous regions.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Descent from a 30m height is rather risky.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Two colleagues are standing by on land.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Another team is getting ready

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The training lasts for 3 hours till the helicopter runs out of the fuel.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

This territory Malaya Almatinka that underwent two serious hurricanes is highly endangered too. Such a picture can be seen on the territory of 700 hectares… God forbid fire here!

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Mezhdurechensk village

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Unloading a helibucket

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The troopers set fire to cane

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The mission of the helicopter crew is to fly over the fire as much precisely as they can.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

And throw 3 tons of water down on it.

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

The 4th Class of Fire Danger

Younger guys learn to use backpacks.

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By the way, forests occupy only 4,3% of the country territory in Kazakhstan…

Location: The Ili river

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