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28 August 2017, 18:19

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LPR to plant 70 ha of forests to fix damage caused by wildfires

LUGANSK, August 28 (Lugansk Media Center) – LPR authorities plan to plant 70 ha of forests to fix the damage caused by the wildfires, said acting deputy chairman of the Council of Ministers Alexander Drobot.

"Actually, 50pc of forests affected by fires, are deciduous, it will recover, but coniferous forests should be additionally supported," he said.

"We shall plant 60-70ha of forests. We planted the standard amount in spring, and this will be an addition to the annual norm," Drobot added.

In one of the most dramatic incidents in August, fires destroyed more than 500 hectares of forest and steppe and more than 100 houses and utility structures in LPR in one day.

LPR Emergencies Ministry Hydrometeorology Centre has kept the highest fire hazard level since issuing the warning on 7 August as hot weather with strong winds set in.

Fire hazard is a an atmospheric condition characterised by high ambient temperatures, low vapour content, lack of rains and other factors leading to wild fires and grassfires in fields and parks especially due to careless handling of fire.

There are five fire danger levels: very low, low, moderate, high and very high.

LPR Emergencies Ministry reminded that making fires in forests and steppes was prohibited during the fire hazard period. Leaving glass bottles or fragments in forest and steppe areas is also prohibited as glass can act as magnifying lens to start a fire.

LuganskMediaCentre — 28 August — Lugansk