Wildfires and the heat wave in the Russian Federation

Situation Report, 13 August 2010

Air pollution

City of Moscow

On 13 August 2010, the maximum permissible concentration (MPC) of particulate matter in atmospheric air was reported as having been exceeded in the Southern Administrative District – levels of up to 0.63 mg/mЗ (1.2 MPC) were found.

The levels of other pollutants in atmospheric air are below the respective MPCs.

Moscow Region

On 13 August 2010, laboratory evaluation of atmospheric air in 30 cities in the Moscow Region showed that MPCs were not exceeded for particulate matter, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide or carbon (soot).

The number and location of individuals affected by the fires are unchanged.

Source: Press Center of the Russian Agency for Consumer Rights and Human Well-Being


Health consequences of the wildfires

In total, 14 territories of the Russian Federation are still covered with fires.

According to data from across the country, particularly difficult situations are developing within the territories of the Lipetsk, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Ryazan and Voronezh regions, the Republic of Chuvashia and the Republic of Mordovia.

In total, 1 045 people have requested health care: outpatient care has been provided to 1 011 people, 63 are currently undergoing hospital treatment and 53 have died.

At all sites of temporary accommodation, health posts have been set up, with health personnel on duty 24 hours a day. Ambulance teams from across the country are on standby at the sites of the fires.

To date, there have been no requests from any territory of the Russian Federation for the provision of essential support, additional drugs or human or financial resources for health care systems.

A total of 1 320 citizens affected by the spontaneous wildfires have been provided with mandatory health insurance policies to replace those lost as a result of the emergency.

Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Health and Social Development


Status of wildfires in the Russian Federation as of 06:00 on 13 August 2010

Over the course of the day, 245 fires broke out and 302 were extinguished.


A total of 505 sites, covering an area of 64 420.2 hectares, continue to burn (compared with 562 sites and 81 015.7 hectares the previous day). Of these, 346 sites covering an area of 32 885.3 hectares have been contained. There are 69 significant active sites, including 37 peat fires, with an area of 54 953.9 hectares.

Altogether, from the beginning of the 2010 fire risk season, 26 977 wildfires have broken out in the Russian Federation, covering a total area of 832 215.6 hectares, including 1 108 sites of peat fires covering an area of 1 902.1 hectares.

A total of 165 714 individuals and 26 542 units of machinery (including 44 aircraft) have been involved in extinguishing wildfires; the Russian Emergencies Ministry has provided 129 171 people and 19 341 units of machinery, including 23 aircraft.

To help with extinguishing the wildfires, foreign countries have dispatched 551 individuals and 100 units of machinery, including 13 aircraft (6 airplanes and 7 helicopters).

Source: Russian Federation Ministry for Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief (EMERCOM)



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