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Russia Declares State of Emergency Due to Hundreds of Wildfires – June 27th, 2012

58.1N 80.9E

June 27th, 2012 Category: Fires, Image of the day

Russia – June 26th, 2012

Dry conditions, agricultural burning, lightning and human involvement have contributed to many wildfires across Russia over the last few weeks. Here, fires burning in Siberia release plumes of smoke that radiate in a generally southerly direction. Russia has declared a state of emergency in several eastern regions due to hundreds of wildfires.

Fires and Ice in Eastern Russian Siberia

55.0N 137.6E

May 19th, 2012 Category: Fires

Russia - May 19th, 2012

The various white areas in this image are indicative of different phenomena. In the upper left quadrant, the white indicates ice. It appears thicker to the west and thinner to the east. Visible as dark areas amidst the ice are the Shantar Islands, a group of fifteen islands that lie in Uda Bay, in the southwestern zone of the Sea of Okhotsk. Further east, on the right side of the image (best observed upon opening the full version) the white color is due to haze and cloud-cover. Near the center of the image is a whitish plume of smoke from a wildfire in far-eastern Russian Siberia.

Wildfires by Southern End of Lake Baikal, Russia

51.7N 103.4E

May 17th, 2012 Category: Fires

Russia - May 16th, 2012

Fires by the southern tip of Lake Baikal release a cloud of smoke over Russian Siberia. Although multiple blazes can be observed both north and south of the end of the lake, the fires to the south are releasing more smoke. In that area, strong winds have also carried the smoke further afield, reaching across a great distance towards the bottom edge of the image.

Fires Near Lake Baikal, Russia – May 6th, 2012

53.1N 107.6E

May 6th, 2012 Category: Fires, Lakes

Fires in Russia - May 6th, 2012


Many wildfires can be observed near Lake Baikal, in Russian Siberia. The main image focuses on the fires by the southern shores of the lake. Thick plumes of smoke from those near the lower extremity of the lake take on an arched shape, while others blow due northward. The close-up focuses on fires to the east of the lake, which are releasing smoke towards the south.

Smoke from Fires Near Bratsk Reservoir, Russia

56.2N 101.7E

October 1st, 2011 Category: Fires

Russia - October 1st, 2011

Smoke from fires burning near the Bratsk Reservoir, in Russia, blows northwestward and is then carried towards the east, creating an arch-shaped cloud. Many individual blazes can be discerned in the full image.

The Bratsk Reservoir is n artificial lake on the Angara River, located in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia. It has a surface area of 5470 km2 and a maximum volume of 169.27 × 1012 litres (37.2 × 1012 gallons). Visible to the east and southeast is the significantly larger Lake Baikal.