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Thick Plumes and Cloud of Smoke Over Russia

64.3N 112.0E

July 24th, 2012 Category: Fires

Russia – July 23rd, 2012

A thick cloud of smoke completely obscures the Russian terrain below it in the left side of this image, while to the right, many individual fires releasing thick plumes of smoke can be discerned.

These fires have been plaguing central and eastern Russia over the last few months, consuming thousands of hectares of boreal forest.Russian firefighters have been battling huge blazes in Siberia for months.

Central Russia experienced record warm temperatures 11 – 12°F (6 – 7°C) above average during June, feeding fires that have burned more area in 2012 than in 2010–the year of the unprecedented heat wave that killed over 55,000 people.

The smoke from these wildfires were caught by the jet stream and have blown all the way to British Columbia, Canada and Seattle, Washington causing heightened amounts of air pollution, hazy days, and, the strangely positive side effect of amazingly brilliant sunsets.

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