The sky is not visible, flights are canceled: Yakutia is engulfed in smoke from forest fires

The sky is not visible, flights are canceled: Yakutia is engulfed in smoke from forest fires
The sky is not visible, flights are canceled: Yakutia is engulfed in smoke from forest fires

Additional groups of rescuers, as well as transport IL and amphibious aircraft, by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrive in Yakutia to fight forest fires. The head of state instructed the head of the Emergencies Ministry, Yevgeny Zinichev, to personally fly to the region for the operational control of the reinforced group involved in the fight against the fire.

The situation in Yakutia, Irkutsk Oblast and neighboring regions is extremely tense. During the day, 14 new fires were discovered in the region, in total, more than 170 foci are blazing in the taiga on an area of ​​one and a half million hectares; the fire also affected the Lena Pillars National Park. Yakutia will receive an additional 150 million rubles for the purchase of heavy fire fighting equipment. Smoke from forest fires covered most of Siberia, dozens of flights were postponed and canceled. The Ural airports also operate intermittently.

Every minute the wall of fire is coming closer and closer to people. This fire is raging very close to the Yakut village of Frunze. The flame flares up and the fire from the grassroots turns into a horse one. This is the most dangerous type of forest burning. Fast and merciless.

The wind is getting stronger, and now it is dangerous to be here. Even the main tourist pride of Yakutia - the natural park "Lena Pillars" - and that is on fire. The paratrooper camp is destroyed. And in the Churapchinsky region, a riding fire approached the settlement of Melzhekhsi, people had to be evacuated.

Yakutsk is covered with smoke again. The first signs of smog began to appear the night before and the situation is getting worse with each passing hour. There is a persistent burning smell in the air and the sky is not visible at all. The smoke is so thick that it becomes a serious hindrance to aviators. In the west of Yakutia, in Mirny, dozens of flights were delayed. Airplanes are forced to leave for alternate airfields, and people have to change their vacation plans.

"We hope for a flight. This is the third time they have been postponing. We have lost the whole day," said Anastasia Zakharia, a resident of Lensk.

In the capital of the neighboring region of Yakutia, Krasnoyarsk, 17 boards were immediately captured by smog. Passenger Pyotr Gaiduk has been waiting for a flight to Yekaterinburg for 24 hours, but both cities are engulfed in smoke from Eastern Siberia.

"I was supposed to fly to Yekaterinburg by plane at 3 pm, first the flight was postponed until 6:55, then until 7 am. As a result, it was postponed to 2 pm. And the prospect is not clear," Gaiduk said.

The star of Russian pop music Kai Metov was almost late for his own performance in Yakutia.

"We are going to land, already the runway, and suddenly - bang! The plane goes up sharply and to the second circle, then to the third, and due to meteorological conditions, unfortunately, we had to fly to Magadan," the singer recalls.

The aviation authorities shrug their shoulders - force majeure. No one expected that the smoke would cover such a vast territory and reach the North Pole and even Greenland.

"The issue of air transport for residents and guests of Yakutia is under constant control of the territorial administration of the Federal Air Transport Agency. Passengers are asked to treat delays with understanding," said Alexei Borisov, deputy head of the Yakut MTU of the Federal Air Transport Agency.

How quickly passengers can reach their destinations now depends only on the direction of the wind.

"In order to fully cope with fires of such strength, protracted torrential rains are needed. It is still early enough to talk about the normalization of the situation in Yakutia and throughout Siberia," said Pavel Konstantinov, associate professor of the Department of Meteorology and Climatology of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

Meanwhile, the region is building up a grouping of forces to fight the fire.On Wednesday, August 11, two Be-200 planes and two groups of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of one hundred rescuers each flew to Yakutia.

"We are now sending a group of 48 people to the Namsky region of the republic," said Vitaly Nemtsov, first deputy chief of the Russian Emergencies Ministry's Main Directorate for Yakutia.

All arriving specialists will first of all be sent to protect the life and health of people. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, several settlements at once require special attention due to the proximity of the fire.

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