Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday commanded the regional authorities to cope with forest fires in Siberia, saying there can be no repeat of last year’s fire season, the worst since records began.

Speaking in an online session broadcast on state television, Putin said fires caused “substantial material damage” and posed a threat to lives, the environment and the economy.

Acting disaster control minister Alexander Chupryan told Putin that since the beginning of the year there have been 4.000 forest fires on the territory of Russia covering 270.000 ha – an area larger than Luxembourg.

The 2021 forest fires season was a year earlier than any other Russian wildfire, and the blazes destroyed 18.8 million hectares (5.4 million acres) of forest, the agency said.

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin ; born 7 October 1952) is a Russian politician and former intelligence officer who is the president of Russia, a position he has filled since 2012, (wikipedia)

Russian State Fire Service

Russian State Fire Service is the highest fire service body of Russian Federation. A part of the Ministry of Emergency Situations since 2001, (wikipedia)

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