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Government considers issues of ensuring fire safety

by May 30, 2017 Key Issues

During the Government meeting, Minister of Internal Affairs Kalmukhanbet Kassymov reported that annually the country registers up to 4 thousand forest and steppe fires. Their areas reach up to 100 thousand hectares, including up to 4 thousand hectares of forests. The damage from fires amounts to almost 230 million tenge.

Since the beginning of this year, the forest fund registered 67 incidents of fire. The area of fires is 7 times higher than last year. In addition, 1015 steppe fires were registered, which is also higher than last year, � K. Kassymov reported.

For the timely response to natural fires, since the beginning of this year, the regions have concluded agreements with JSC “Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary” in providing space monitoring services. Together with the Ministry of Agriculture, the Interdepartmental Plan for the Prevention and Elimination of Forest-Steppe Fires has been approved.

The Minister of Internal Affairs informed that with the onset of the summer holidays, special attention will be paid to the fire safety of children’s summer camps.

At the same time, at the present time the preparedness of Akimats, forest owners, forest protection agencies and other economic entities for the beginning of the fire season is at an insufficient level. These facts, as well as the analysis of the results of last year show the unreliability of the forest-steppe fire protection system, � K. Kassymov concluded.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan