78529
Meiqan Wetland Blaze Linked to Human Activity
Meiqan Wetland Blaze Linked to Human Activity

Meiqan Wetland Blaze Linked to Human Activity

Meiqan Wetland Blaze Linked to Human Activity

Human activity is most likely the cause of the recent fire in Meiqan Wetland, Markazi Province, the head of the provincial Crisis Management Center said. Speaking to IRNA, Saeid Farrokhi added that the fire reported on Dec. 22 was put off after six hours. "Natural cause could rarely start a wildfire in cold winter days, hence the cause is most probably careless camping or human misconduct," he said.
"Firefighters, the Department of Environment's staff and local residents continued efforts to extinguish the blaze, but they didn't succeed until a firefighting aircraft was sent to the affected area from Tehran." The wetland is shallow and swampy, making it tough for firefighting efforts.  "The wetland was marshy and no vehicle or boat could get close to the fire. We asked the headquarters in Tehran for aerial firefighting equipment," Farrokhi said. Reza Mirzaei, a deputy at the provincial DOE, said the smoke was thick and changed the Air Quality Index in Arak, the central city of the province.  
Although it destroyed some 50 hectares of the reed bed in the wetland, the wind's direction hampered the flames from spreading further. Officials say wind pushed the fire to the southwest part of the wetland, which prevented the flames from reaching the habitat of migratory birds. Located 7 km from Arak, Meiqan is one of the few remaining habitats for migratory birds, as a large number of wetlands throughout the country have been destroyed by drought.   

Short URL : https://goo.gl/obxX8a
  1. https://goo.gl/AEWbvA
  • https://goo.gl/wpg1Dr
  • https://goo.gl/7Cehzd
  • https://goo.gl/dsP854
  • https://goo.gl/qLn3UC

You can also read ...

Gov’t Alone Not Responsible for Economic Ills
The plethora of economic problems gripping the country cannot...
Iraq’s Hakim Highlights Special Relations
Head of the National Wisdom Movement of Iraq Ammar al-Hakim...
New Fighter Jet to Be Unveiled
Iran will unveil this week a new jet fighter and upgrade its...
The Kremlin said Merkel and Putin held a ““very serious and detailed” three-hour discussion during their meeting outside of Berlin, including an exchange of views on Ukraine, Syria, Iran, and a crucial pipeline project.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of...
Majlis to Impeach Economy Minister
A motion signed by 33 MPs calling for questioning  the economy...
Veep Says Economy Will Not Buckle Under Pressure
First vice president said on Saturday the country will resist...
Afghan Envoy Says Ties Strong, Moving Forward in Key Sectors
Relations between Iran and Afghanistan are developing in a...
Doom of Action Group a Foregone Conclusion
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Sunday that a...

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints

Trending

Googleplus