30 Aug 2023 19:18

Forest fire in Russia's Gelendzhik contained - Emergency Situations Ministry

KRASNODAR. Aug 30 (Interfax) - Rescuers have contained a major forest fire in Gelendzhik in Russia's Krasnodar Territory, the press service for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said on Wednesday.

"The fire in Gelendzhik has been contained," the statement said.

A breach of fire safety rules caused a major ground fire in Gelendzhik, in Russia's Krasnodar Territory, the Aerial Forest Protection Service said on Telegram.

"The cause of the fire is a breach of forest fire safety rules," the service said.

The hot, dry weather is complicating firefighting efforts, it said. The fire is climbing up a slope steeper than 40 degrees. There is no risk to the town or economic infrastructure.

As previously reported, the area of the forest fire, which has been extinguished since Tuesday evening, has spread to 118 hectares. Almost 500 people and 89 pieces of equipment, as well as two Beriev Be-200 aircraft and two Mil Mi-8 helicopters of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry are involved in the firefighting effort.

All inns, hotels and tourist facilities in the resort city are operating normally.