Northeasterly Winds Fan Smoke from Baikal Blazes53.1N 107.6E
Winds blowing to the northeast fan the smoke from fires around Lake Baikal, in Russia’s Irkutsk Oblast.
These fires have been burning for over a week (click here for previous articles).
Fires are common in Russia at this time of year; typically there are few wildfires per week in a region, although they don’t affect every region.
Six years ago the Russian Federation Ministry of Natural Resources launched a new wildfire detection and monitoring system that uses space downlink stations situated in Moscow, Ekaterinburg, Irkutsk, Yakutsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. Each station downloads and processes data from the Terra satellites with an observation radius of 3,000km. This system detects early-stage wildfires by their smoke plumes at a minimum recognizable area of 30 square meters.