WWF Russia has allocated 2 million rubles to fight forest fires in “tiger” protected areas of the Sihkote-Alin Mountain Range
In the Bikin National Park, the largest protected area in the tiger's range of an area of more than 1.16 million hectares, a fire broke out in June this year in a remote mountainous area of the upper reaches of the Bikin River. The alleged cause of the fire was persistently high temperatures for a long time (up to 36 degrees in the shade), as well as dry thunderstorms. On June 25, information about a thermal anomaly in the area of the Plotnikov River, the mouth of the Lukyanov spring was obtained thanks to the remote monitoring information system of the Federal Forestry Agency (Rosleskhoz). On the same day, a group of 2 employees of the national park was formed to get to the place and on June 26, the AN-2 plane flew to survey this area, the information about the fire was confirmed. The fire covered an area of 60 hectares, spreading slowly. MI-8 helicopter and paratroopers of the Primorskaya Airbase came to the rescue operation, which made it possible to take all possible measures to suppress the forest fire, and on June 29 it was localized.
All forces were thrown to fight forest fire in the Sikhote-Alin Nature Reserve. Due to dry thunderstorms and abnormal heat 4 wildfires occurred here in mid-July. The first fire was discovered on July 16 and liquidated on July 31; 240 hectares of taiga were burnt. The second fire broke out on July 17 and was liquidated on August 5, its area reached 651.1 hectares. Almost at the same time, on July 21, the fire occurred in another site on an area of 452.5 hectares, the fire was extinguished on August 5. The fourth fire was discovered on July 24 and extinguished on July 29, on an area of 4 hectares.