Firefighting around the world: Philip Mason provides a roundup of major activity and incidents tackled by firefighters around the globe.(International Roundup)


Forest Fires

Mid April saw a state of emergency declared in Russia, as the southern part of the country suffered a number of serious forest fires, decimating many thousands of acres of land.

Figures released state that around 3,000 firefighters were mobilised to battle the blazes, alongside around 750 fire engines and two aircraft. According to official sources, the fires did not threaten populated areas of the country or any of the country's vital infrastructure.

In China meanwhile, several forest fires took place at around the same time in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the north eastern part of the country.

The fires burnt in the Greater Higgnan Mountains, taking place over an area of just under 25 square kilometres and requiring the mobilisation of over 2000 people in order to fight them. …

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