The forest fire that began on Monday, August 15, in the Ust-Donetsk district of the Rostov region was completely eliminated today, August 17, at 14:30. About it informs press service of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia for the region.
The fire continued for almost three days. According to preliminary data, the cause of the fire was the overlap of wires of power lines: a spark fell on dry grass, the fire gradually spread to the forest and residential buildings. Extinguishing was complicated by an air temperature of about +40 ° C and a strong wind. As a result, the fire spread over an area of about 331 hectares.
Five aircraft were involved in the extinguishing – Mi-8 helicopters, Be-200 and Il-76 aircraft. Rescuers of the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Natural Resources parachuted from helicopters to extinguish individual smoldering fires in hard-to-reach areas. About 200 volunteers also helped. In total, more than 530 people and 122 pieces of equipment were involved in the elimination of the fire.
A state of emergency has been declared in the area. 139 people from nearby villages were evacuated, 53 people sought medical help. The Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Rostov Region initiated a criminal case on negligence on the fact of the incident (part 1 of article 293 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
According to the press service of the governor of the region, the fire damaged 32 buildings, including 15 houses where more than 20 people lived. “Humanitarian aid is coming to the region. Priority payments to the victims from the budget are expected by the evening,” the statement said. in the message press services.
According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, in a number of municipalities of the Rostov region, an emergency and high fire hazard remains.
Read more about the fire in the material “Kommersant” “The heat has become inferno.”