ArmInfo.Compared to last year, the number of fires increased by 83.9% in Armenia. RA Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, commenting on a large fire that covered the juniper forest of Arevik National Park announced this at a government meeting on August 15.
According to the head of government, fires mainly cover grass. The prime minister again called the people to responsibility, pointing out the problematic nature of this issue. "Often people leave bottles, garbage, which also becomes a source of fire. In some cases, we are dealing with malicious acts, in this regard, the RA Police must take the necessary measures in this direction," Nikol Pashinyan noted.
In turn, the Minister of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Armenia Feliks Tsolakyan said that at the moment, 2 hectares of juniper forests in the area of Lehvaz settlement are currently on fire. Prior to this, it was possible to localize fires on 16 hectares. The problem, according to the minister, is also due to climatic factors - the established hot weather and the possibility of winds. However, as the head of the Ministry of Emergencies noted, winds in this region are not expected in the near future. Departments of the Ministry are taking all necessary steps to localize and extinguish fires. "However, after extinguishing 15 outbreaks, 10 new ones appear," Feliks Tsolakyan said.
It should be noted that the fire that began on August 11 in the Arevik National Park (the natural reserve is located in the south of Armenia, in Armenian-Iranian border zone), has been localized. However, the threat of a forest fire still exists. According to preliminary data, fires are located in hard-to-reach areas, juniper and spruce forests are burning. Trees are estimated at 300-400 or more years. Juniper grows for a long time. A meter of a tree grows in 100 years. Director of the park Gagik Gevorgyan informed that at night the forces of firefighters, rescuers, police were mobilized, caterpillar equipment was also thrown to the aid of the National Park staff. The fire by the morning of today was localized. In general, a fire covered 12 hectares of territories, of which 4 hectares is the juniper forest of Arevik National Park.