Blazes Continue Southeast of Lake Baikal, Russia53.1N 107.6E
Fires continue to blaze southeast of Lake Baikal, in the Irkutsk Oblast region of southern Russia. Here, wind is blowing the smoke northeast.
These fires have been burning for over a week (click here for previous article).
Many wildfires are attributed to human negligence, careless agricultural burning and vandal ignitions of dry grass.
Russian police are also investigating commercial arson in the Irkutsk Region: logging companies may hire people to set fire in valuable forest areas, in order to obtain contracts for salvage logging in those areas after they have been burnt, reports Wildfire Magazine.