In all as of today, 10 fires burning in the Irkutsk region are covering an aggregate space of 1,000 hectares, reports the Irkutsk forest-protection air base. Apart from forestry officers and air patrols, the firefighting effort involves aviation and ground-based firefighting equipment.
The fire-hazardous situation, which is quite unusual for this time of the year, was prompted by a spell of warm dry weather and bonfires that gatherers of mushrooms and berries light in the taiga.
Russian President Vladimir Putin got the West worried again by signing Decree No. 915. The news did not produce any public effect in Russia