New Spread of Fires by Russia-Kazakhstan Border – October 18th, 201055.6N 74.2E
Forest fires caused by abnormally high temperatures devastated several provinces of Altai region (southeast Russia, bordering Kazakhstan) at the beginning of August 2010 (click here for previous articles). More than 2532 houses were burnt down, 2046 families left homeless, 52 lives were lost and 1500 people were injured.
Now, in mid-October, 2010, wildfires once again are plaguing the same region near the Russia-Kazakhstan border. In the thumbnail image, multiple large blazes can be seen releasing thick plumes of smoke towards the north-northwest. In the full image, many other smaller fires are also visible.