High fire hazard in Kazakhstan: forests and steppes continue burning in several regions
Forests and steppes in Kazakhstan are in flames. Emergency Situation officers said that April is the most fire-hazardous month of the year due to, first of all, the warm sunny weather. The fire could be caused by anything, from a stray cigarette to a regular lightning strike.
Over the past 24 hours, nine epicenters of fires have been registered spreading to more than 900 hectares of land in Almaty region, Pavlodar region and East Kazakhstan region. The last one suffered the most with more than 300 hectares burning. According to the press service’s information, more than 190 rescuers and over 45 engines are involved in the firefighting in Beskaragai district from both land and air. Additional assistance was provided to the East Kazakhstan region. The largest helicopter in the world Mi-26T took off from Kokshetau a few hours ago. It has a spillway device to extinguish forest fires.
“The aircraft will discharge ten tons of water at a time. In addition, there are 30 soldiers of the Kokshetau garrison who will be directly involved in the firefighting,” reported Nursultan Nurakhmetov, spokesperson of the committee for emergency situations of Kazakh Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Rescuers warned that the peak of fires might be yet to come. People will go outdoors as soon as the quarantine ends. As it is known, raging fires are often caused by humans.