MOSCOW, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- A state of emergency has been declared in Russia's Urals city of Ozersk, where one of the largest nuclear storage and fuel-reprocessing center Mayak is located, reported RIA Novosti news agency Monday, citing the local administration.
Local authorities forbad the access and egress to the nearby forest territories since Aug. 6, claiming the move was caused by the "complicated situation" with peat bog fires.
"The state of emergency has been imposed on the territory of Ozersk district and nearby forests in connection with fire dangerous zone," a statement published by local government said.
The heads of local enterprises were ordered to perform all the immediate measures to ensure safety of the territories.
Wildfires caused by ongoing heat and drought have been raging in Russia's 17 regions. In 13 regions, the state of emergency has already been declared.
The city of Ozersk is one of the largest nuclear centers financed by the Russian government and belonging to Rosatom, the Russian Federal Nuclear Agency.