burning’ - as scared bears are driven out of their natural habitat
towards settlements where they are shot as danger to people.
reports show 27 fires across Krasnoyarsk region covering 8,682
pictures show the latest forest infernos as reports come from the US
that wildfire smoke from Siberia has blown some 5,000 miles to New
This comes as
clouds are being spiked with chemicals in Yakutia to provoke rain to
extinguish flames - and amid claims from environmentalists that the
scale of forest fires has been hidden by the authorities.
In the US,
Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell was quoted saying:
‘Strong winds aloft in the polar jet stream carried some of the
smoke from the fires across the Bering Strait and into northern
Alaska, then southeastward into central Canada and eventually across
the Great Lakes and eastward into southern New England.’
Channel illustrated a report on the problem with a graphic infra-red
picture from a Sentinel 2 satellite image taken more than two months
ago - on 9 May - over Zeya Reservoir in Amur region.
taiga is burning. This is Vanavara, Tura, (and) Boguchansky
smoke reaching the US is from more recent blazes, but the trail to
North America highlights the problems of wildfires - some engulfing
ancient boreal forests - in Siberia and the Russian Far East.
aerial pictures from civil aviation pilot Vitalij Boykov over
Vanavara and Tura as well as Boguchansky district in Krasnoyarsk
region - currently one of the hotspots.
He posted: ‘The
taiga is burning. This is Vanavara, Tura, (and) Boguchansky district.
The wind carries all this towards the city, so don’t blame
authorities or factories.
rain is expected, so we’ll keep breathing this smoke in.’
sparked a backlash with one complaint that Russia was hosting
‘the most expensive World Cup in history’ but that fire fighting
was not being undertaken due to lack of funds.
infra-red picture from a Sentinel 2 satellite image taken more than
two months ago.
show 27 fires across Krasnoyarsk region covering 8,682 hectares in.
Areas potentially threatening settlements. Elsewhere in zones where
the authorities are not obliged to fight flames because of no danger
to people some 125 fires were burning covering 321,255 hectares.
badly-hit Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions is reported to be blowing
into Buryatia republic, across Lake Baikal.
At least 16
fires are blazing further east in Magadan region, and 19 in Yakutia,
also known as Sakha republic.
Federal Forestry Agency is using An-26 planes with special agents to
creating artificial rain in an attempt to put out fires in Yakutia.
The same Soviet-era technology was traditionally used in Moscow to
prevent rain falling in Red Square for major parades.