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Wildfires Blazing in Northeastern Russia

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August 23rd, 2011 Category: Fires

Russia - August 23rd, 2011

One year ago, Russia experienced an exceptional heat wave, triggering hundreds of fires that destroyed thousands of hectares of woodland. Now, Russia is being afflicted by wildfires once again, as can be observed in this image of the northeastern part of the country.

Since the beginning of this year more than 1m hectares of forest have burned, or are still burning, reports the Guardian UK. This surpasses the burn area of 2010; however, the affected areas are more sparsely populated and far fewer people have been evacuated.

The far north of Russia is among the areas that have suffered the most. During the last week of July, Arkhangelsk and the Komi republic had temperatures exceeding 35C. More than 80 fire outbreaks were reported.

The far east has suffered too. At the beginning of August about 50 fires were raging, especially around Khabarovsk, Yakutsk and the island of Sakhalin. Southern Russia has not escaped: several villages have been evacuated around Rostov-on-Don and Volgograd, where temperatures rose above 40C in July.

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