concern as firefighters say they cannot extinguish 3 year blaze with
smoke visible from space.
satellite photo taken in June 2016. Picture: LandSat, Greenpeace
mountain of sawdust is the size of more than 800 Olympic swimming
pools at a site in the Ust-Kutsky district of Irkutsk region. A
council spokesman said: 'It is now impossible to extinguish dump with
such an amount of sawdust.
it will keep burning for a few more years.'
has remained aflame winter and summer for around three years - and is
seen on the video below.
say the sawdust dump is the largest of its kind in the world, and the
campaign group has raised concerns over the smoke pollution from the
there is more than two million cubic metres of waste dumped here,
reported to be waste from the Trans-Siberian Forest Company. Every
day 15 new trucks arrive, each carrying around 70 cubic metres of
site of the endless fire is 10.4 hectares in size or 1.1 million
company has taken measures to prevent the spread of the smoldering
flames, with a mineral border line around the dump and firefighting
equipment on permanent standby.
Yaroshenko, head of the Forestry Programme of Greenpeace Russia,
said:'Over the past three years this fire has caused dangerous smoke
to Ust-Kut and nearby settlements multiple times, with overall
population of about 50,000 people.
is an emergency situation of at least regional scale.'
taken by state watchdog Rospotrebnadzor show that the dump fire did
not cause changes to concentration of carbon dioxide in the air near
the dump on days when Ust-Kut was covered with smoke, say reports.
area has been hit recently by wildfire smoke, too.
show the sawdust dump in Ust-Kut region now and in winter 2016,
satellite picture taken in February this year. Pictures: Irkutsk
Region Ministry for Emergencies, LandSat/Greenpeace