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Fires West of Bratsk Reservoir, Russia

56.0N 101.8E

May 28th, 2011 Category: Fires, Lakes

Russia - May 23rd, 2011

Fires west of Russia’s Bratsk Reservoir (right edge) release plumes of smoke towards the west-northwest.

At the time this image was taken, Russia was reporting 421 wildfires burning in forests and peat bogs, covering an area of 116,098 hectares (450 sq miles) (click here for previous articles).

However, the area on fire is twice the size of that for the same period last year. Drought, fires and smog left dozens dead and ruined crops in 2010, and there are fears of a repeat disaster.

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