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Fires in Central Russia – May 22nd, 2011

61.0N 63.8E

May 22nd, 2011 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Russia - May 18th, 2011

This image offers another look at the clusters of wildfires burning across central Russia (click here for previous article). The smoke from these fires is also blowing towards the northeast.

The outbreak began int he Siberian Far East and has spread to central Russia. It is believed that human activity caused the majority of the fires.

Wildfires in Russia Release Smoke Towards Ob and Irtysh Rivers – May 21st, 2011

61.7N 63.5E

May 21st, 2011 Category: Fires, Rivers

Russia - May 18th, 2011

Wildfires in Russia release smoke that blows in a northeasterly direction, towards the confluence of the Irtysh and Ob Rivers. Eosnap had previously observed fires in the same area in early May (click here for previous article).

As of three days prior to when this image was taken, 205 fires were affecting 3718 ha forested and 1391 ha non-forested lands. Since the beginning of the 2011 fire season a total of 6842 fires have affected 125351 ha forested and 65329 ha non-forested lands of Russia.


Fires Near Confluence of Ob and Irtysh Rivers, Russia – May 7th, 2011

60.6N 73.9E

May 7th, 2011 Category: Fires, Image of the day, Rivers

Russia - May 4th, 2011

Fires can be seen burning in Russia, near the confluence of the Ob and Irtysh Rivers. The plumes of smoke from the blazes blow south-southwest.

The Ob River cross the upper part of the image, while the Irtysh River flows vertically across the right side. The Irtysh is the chief tributary of the Ob River.

Visible to the west in the full image are the Ural Mountains, a mountain range that runs approximately from north to south through western Russia.

Small Patches of Ice on Lake Baikal, Russia

53.1N 107.6E

May 30th, 2011 Category: Lakes

Russia - May 23rd, 2011

Although the mountains around the northern half of Lake Baikal are still capped in thick white snow, the surrounding landscape is snow free. The immediate surrounding areas also appear unaffected by the wildfires that have been blazing in the region (click here for articles on the fires).

The lake itself has also mostly thawed out with the warmer spring temperatures. In the full image, some ice can still be observed at the extreme northern end and along the northeastern shoreline, however.


Wildfires in Russia Near Bratsk Reservoir

58.1N 98.4E

May 29th, 2011 Category: Fires

Russia - May 23rd, 2011

This image offers another view of wildfires burning in Russia to the west and northwest of the Bratsk Reservoir, the semi-circular lake visible by the clouds along the right edge.

The plumes of smoke from the fires are being carried towards the west-northwest. However, a fainter cloud of smoke can be seen in the full image, blowing in a curve to the north. Click here for previous articles on the fires.