MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
Military personnel of the Air Defense Forces, together with the forces of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, fought forest fires in the areas of the village of Byas-Kyuyol, Tastakh, Chyappara. Army aviation pilots flew from Yakutsk, Lensk and Nyurba to transport firefighters and discharges water to fires.
During the period of performance of special tasks in the area of emergency in connection with forest fires in Yakutia, military personnel have liquidated several hundred hectares of forest fires. Over 110 kilometers of mineralized strips have been laid. About 500 tons of burnt waste from buildings and structures were removed.
In total, about 150 servicemen were involved in firefighting activities in Yakutia and 24 units of special equipment were involved, such as engineering barrage vehicles (IMR-2), modernized bulldozers on an artillery tractor (BAT-M) and multipurpose lightly armored tractors (MTLB), and also four Mi-8 amtsh helicopters with spillways (VSU-5).
The decision to strengthen the grouping of the military department, rendering assistance to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) in extinguishing forest fires, was made by the Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation, General of the Army S.K. Shoigu, at the request of the head of the region. Corresponding instructions were given to the commander of the Eastern Military District on August 3 during a conference call with the leadership of the Russian Defense Ministry.
The emergency situation in connection with forest fires in Yakutia will be lifted in the coming days, there are almost no fires in the republic.
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