The heat, humidity and air pollution from the dry weather in Dnipro are posing significant risks to firefighters battling wildfires in the region, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.
The study, conducted by UC Berkeley’s Center for Risk and Resilience (CRR) and published in the Journal of Applied Meteorology, found that in some cases, the firefighting team had to resort to using hypothermic equipment.
Researchers compared the heat, temperature and air quality of Dnepropetrovsk region to other areas in the United States where firefighters are required to be hydrated.
They found that the fire fighting team experienced increased rates of hypoxemia, an increase in blood pressure and dehydration, and were less likely to survive during hot weather, compared to areas where firefighters were allowed to wear their protective gear.DNR Chief Rick Fitzgerald said the heat in the Dnippro region is comparable to other regions in the country, such as Las Vegas, which has seen a spike in deaths due to heat-related illnesses.
“It is certainly an issue, but it’s not one that we have to ignore,” Fitzgerald said.
While the DNR has yet to identify a specific cause for the increases in heat and humidity in the area, Fitzgerald said there are many factors that contribute to the problem, including a combination of humidity, heat and wind.
Fitzgerald said the DNF is still trying to identify the causes of the hypotherms, but that it is likely caused by the dry climate and increased humidity.
The DNR says it is investigating the increase in hypothermias in the heat.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service said a cold front is headed toward the Dribic and Dnina regions, where the fire is burning and the fire season is ending.
Flames are burning in Dribid and Ddnina in western Russia, near the border with Belarus, on Sunday.
The Dribiceh wildfire, in Dnyper, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of Dribici, was burning at 1,800 acres (2,900 hectares), according to the DRCA, a regional fire service.
Dnipropetrovsk and Krasnodar are the three main cities of the Dneda Republic, the administrative unit of the Russian Federation.
This story was updated at 6:25 p.m.