Forest fires in Siberia (2022)
Forest fires in Siberia in 2022 are ongoing large-scale forest fires that began in Siberia in early May. Fires are concentrated in the Krasnoyarsk and Altai regions, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Omsk, Kurgan regions and Khakassia. The total area of fires (as of May 15) is about 20,000 hectares, and since the beginning of 2022, more than 100,000 hectares.
Possible causes of fires are careless handling of fire during picnics on May holidays, short circuits of power lines and substations, or fires of dry grass.
As of May 11, 1298 buildings in 72 settlements burned down (including 730 residential buildings), at least 17 people died, including one child. About 2,000 people were left homeless.
On May 7, the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk Territory Alexander Uss declared a state of emergency. Russian President Vladimir Putin, after listening to the reports of Governor Alexander Uss, instructed him to provide assistance. The Ministry of Emergency Situations, prisoners and employees of the local colony were sent to fight the fires.
To date [when?], hundreds of fires have been recorded, affecting in particular:
Krasnoyarsk Territory (area of fires - 1,690 hectares; 9 people died) - more than 518 houses, among them: the city of Uyar (Uyarsky district) - 201 houses;
the village of Bely Yar (Achinsk district) - 39 houses;
the village of Pavlovka (Bogotolsky district) - burned out almost completely;
the village of Ashpatsk (Dzerzhinsky district) - burned out almost completely;
the village of Talazhanka (Kazachinsky district) - burned out almost completely;
the city of Kansk (Kansky district) - dozens of country houses;
recreation center "Les"; Irkutsk region - 41 houses;
Khakassia (the area of fires was more than 9,000 hectares, which is twice as much as last year's fires).
Omsk region (1 person died) - more than 200 residential buildings; the city of Nazyvaevsk (Nazyvaevsky district) - 88 houses. The fire turned out to be unexpected: pre-holiday events in honor of May 9 began in the city, the race “Za Mir” started, and by 15 o'clock in the local house of culture they were preparing for the final of the patriotic song contest. The peaceful life of the city was spoiled by a storm wind that rose by noon. Most likely, bad weather caused a short circuit at the transformer substation in the middle of a field of dry grass. Then everything worked according to the principle