Russian farmers routinely set fire to dry grass to clean fields after the winter, sometimes accidentally sparking blazes that result in loss of life and damage to homes. During the first weeks of April 2015, grassfires have ravaged across the Siberian regions of Russia, killing 26 people and injuring almos a thousand. The combination of temperatures reaching 25°C and high winds have fueled the fires that have destroyed buildings and killed livestock. In 2010, during Russias worst heatwave in decades, smoke from wildfires and burning peat bogs in central Russia choked Moscow for several days.
This image, captured on 14 April 2015 by theModerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard the Terra satellite, shows fires on the Russian regions of Buryatia, Chita and Amur. The active fires appear as red dots. A large smoke plume can be spotted surrounding the whole region. Source: Nasa Earth Observatory (image edited and interpreted by GFMC)
Image, captured on 13 April 2015 by theModerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard the Terra satellite, showing fires on Siberia, Russia. The right picture is the same as the left one on false color, showing the burn scars of the fires in red-brown. The active fires appear as red dots. Source: Nasa Earth Observatory (image edited and interpreted by GFMC)
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