ArmInfo.The Armenian police have found out the cause of the fire in Khosrov reserve. "On August 31, the Armenian Police received an alarm about the fire in Khosrov reserve. It has been found out that on August 30, around 3 pm, Anushavan A. (born in 1956) dropped his cigarette end on the grass, which was followed by the fire outbreak. The amount of the damage is being estimated. The citizen has made confessionary statements," says the Police's statement sent to ArmInfo.
Earlier on Wednesday, ArmInfo reported that the fire, which broke out in Khosrov reserve, swallowed over 16 hectares of plant cover. As many as 30 firefighters and 40 employees of the reserve were extinguishing the fire.
Khosrov Forest State Reserve s located in the Ararat Province in south-western Armenia, to the south-east of the capital of Armenia, Yerevancovering the branches of the Geghama Ridge. It is a noted area in the Caucasus region for unique European and Asian flora and fauna; is 29,196 hectares which 9,000 hectares are forested and is located at an altitude of 1600-2300m above sea level. The Reserve has 1,686 plant species, with 146 of them included in the Red Book. As regards the fauna, several animal species are also included in the Red Book.