The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia at the 95th meeting, which took place in the format of a videoconference, decided to impose an emergency regime on the territory of the Republic of North Macedonia for 30 days. This was reported in a statement published on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers on Thursday.
“We are trying to fight fires with full mobilization of capacities. We believe that this decision, together with the ban on movement in forests, will help us to extinguish fires. Almost 80% of fires are caused by human factors,” said Deputy Prime Minister Artan Grubi.
He also clarified that an emergency regime is announced in cases where there are factors that can endanger the property, health and life of people and animals, as well as the security of the state, which in a crisis situation requires the use of more resources.
As reported in the statement of the Cabinet of Ministers, such a decision was made "taking into account the need for rational use of national resources and coordination of actions of all interested bodies in connection with the increased frequency of fires and in order to prevent their spread." The government of the republic clarified that the announcement of an emergency regime implies the involvement of the armed forces of the republic to resolve a crisis situation, the development of an emergency plan of action in a crisis situation for all special services of the country, an operational inventory by all responsible bodies of all available resources that could be used to resolve crisis situation.
Earlier, the government of North Macedonia banned citizens from moving through forests throughout the country due to the threat of fires. By order of the President, military helicopters and military personnel from some municipalities were brought in to extinguish the fires.