Spring fire-hazardous season began in Khasan district early this year.
The ignition started on March 20 near the borders of the protected leopard habitat made everyone worried. For three days 2 brigades of 7 people - employees of the Kedrovaya Pad Nature Reserve and volunteer team, both supported by Phoenix Fund - extinguished wildland fire without sleep and rest.
“Fires are not rare in this area. However today we witness only the preview of the real fires that will begin on March 24 when the season of hunting for the waterfowl will open. Hunters occasionally forget to extinguish fires, throw smoldering cigarettes, and therefore cause numerous ignitions," – says Sergei Khohryakov, director of Kedrovaya Pad.
Leopards are clever. As soon as there is a danger, they migrate to safer place. According to ecologists, such wildland fires don't do much harm, neither to people nor to animals. The biggest harm is emission of carbon dioxide that pollutes the atmosphere.
At Phoenix Fund we consider protection of the leopard habitat from destructive forest fires as our priority. During the years we provided support for fire-fighting activities in Leopardovy Wildlife Refuge and Kedrovaya Pad Reserve, including funds, equipment and qualified man power. Although it is almost impossible to avoid wild fires in the district we are glad to report that common efforts of inspectors, volunteers and NGOs resulted in quick extinguishment of fires and minimal damage caused to nature.