Russia Battles Forest Fires as Arson Suspects Identified
Forest fires in Russia have become a common occurrence in recent years, and this season is no exception. Officials reported that many people were evacuated from their homes in the Ural region due to the fires. Some of these fires may have been caused by arson, according to Russian officials.
In the Kurgan region, 46 suspects were identified on the border with Kazakhstan, and seven people were charged. Some of the accused are said to be under the age of 18, but the cause of the fires is still unknown.
Last month, forest fires broke out in Kurgan and Tyumen regions, adding to the destruction of forested areas in Russia. In 2021, a total of 18.8 million hectares of forest were destroyed. These were the largest forest fires in Russia to date.
The impact of forest fires has even reached the capital Moscow. Last year, smoke from forest fires caused air pollution, affecting the residents’ health and decreasing the air quality.
The Russian government has been working to extinguish the fires and control the damage. It is important to recognize that this is a global issue, as the destruction of forests not only harms the environment but also endangers the lives and livelihoods of those who rely on the forests for their income and for survival.
As the situation continues to develop in Russia, staying informed is crucial. One way to stay updated on the latest developments is by downloading the NTV application. With the app, you can stay informed about the developments and the measures being taken to address the fires.