The warning comes a year after the worst wildfires in the history of the State. Landowners are being warned not to illegally burn waste, particularly as in the current weather conditions fires could spread easily.
Flames have been spreading uncontrollably following a sweltering heatwave, which began last month and still shows no signs of letting up.
According to weather reports, temperatures in Moscow are due to hit 38C this week.
The authorities have admitted that they have lost control over some of the fires that are raging across parched regions east and south of Moscow.
Seven provinces are under a state of emergency, and tens of thousands of volunteers have been recruited to assist the 10,000 firefighters and thousands of troops already battling the flames.
The fires are spreading at a lightening speed, making them almost impossible to fight.
The video below allegedly shows a group of volunteers trying to drive back through the road they had taken just half an hour before; completely surrounded by furious orange flames, the men in the car begin to panic, screaming at other drivers to move.
One describes the experience as “like being in hell.”
FIREFIGHTERS in Russia are battling more than 400 fires and are facing the possibility that things could get much worse, with weather of over 40 degrees estimated for central and southern Russia according to BBC News.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that over 34 people have been killed, while thousands have lost their homes since the fires began last week. The area effected by the fires has spread to over 110,000 hectares. Strong winds have been fanning the flames, forcing villages, summer camps and hospitals to be evacuated. Many have been forced to stay in temporarily refugee centers.
240,000 people and 226 aircraft were sent to fight the blazes according to Sergei Shaposhnikov, the head of the civil defense department at the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promptly ordered local officials, including governors, to work on weekends.
“Neither fire nor wind have days off, so we can’t take any days off,” Putin said during a video conference Saturday.
Putin also said that homeowners who’s houses have been destroyed, will be compensated. He said Moscow will also begin an investigation into the lack of action from officials.
Artificial climate change could be the solution to the Russian fires. Test pilot Aleksandr Akimenkov says:
“Dispersing clouds may not really be a job for the air force, but aviation can provide a solution until we find another way. Regarding the Chernobyl explosion, our crews hampered the rains and helped stop the spread of radioactive substances throughout the Soviet Union. It could work well in the present drought,” he believes.
The Beginning of Fire in Tamboles Village in Russia – contains strong language.
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