During the holidays, the Smolensk residents were restricted from accessing forests. The limitation is due to the high likelihood of fires. This was reported by the press service of the Main Directorate of the Russian Emergencies Ministry for the Smolensk Region. During the long weekend in May, the entry of vehicles, as well as the access of citizens to the forest, as well as agricultural land, is reduced.
“A set of measures to ensure the protection of the population from emergencies associated with wildfires includes a ban on burning dry grassy vegetation, making fires, burning garbage and carrying out fire hazardous work on agricultural land, in fields and in private farmsteads,” they said in press service of the department.
Employees of the Forest Fire Service will patrol the forest areas most prone to fires, as well as popular recreation areas of Smolyan, identifying violators.