Wildfires – Siberia

Russian firefighters have been seeding clouds to bring down rain over wildfires raging in Siberia, the authorities said on Friday (Jul 10).

The Russian forestry agency said active work was underway to battle 158 forest fires covering 46,261 hectares as of Friday. Just a few days ago, that area was more than three times larger.

Firefighters were using planes to fire chemicals into the clouds above fires in northern, remote parts of the Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions of Siberia, the agency said.

Sweltering heat and dry weather have helped wildfires spread across the region and into the boreal forest and tundra that blanket northern Russia.


Smoke from wildfires in Siberia causing haze in Pacific Northwest

The smoke from wildfires raging in Siberia have drifted into the Pacific Northwest this week, causing haze in the skies. Upper level winds are picking up the smoke from the fires and pushing it 5,000 miles across the North Pacific and into USA skies.

Wildfires in the Arctic cause huge spike in carbon emissions

The Arctic region is heating twice as fast as the rest of the world and ‘zombie fires’ released 60-million tonnes of carbon dioxide in June alone

Wildfires that have raged in the Arctic Circle since early spring led to a record spike in pollution from the infernos in June. Arctic fires emitted 16.3-million tonnes of carbon — or about 60-million tonnes of carbon dioxide — last month. That’s the highest since at least 2003 and almost nine times more than the same month in 2018.


Siberia’s record-breaking heat wave

The extreme record-breaking heat that has baked Siberia for several months should serve as an “incredibly loud alarm bell” of the need to adapt to climate change, say researchers.

Thawing permafrost leading to the Norilsk oil spill – one of the worst in Russia’s history – “zombie fires” resurrected from blazes last year and dramatic levels of snowmelt are among the consequences.

The temperatures, while mostly still cold by the standards of someone living in London or New York, have been unprecedented.

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Wildfires – Arizona, USA

The Bush Fire is now the largest fire burning just north of Phoenix and has grown to over 100,000 acres. The fire is only 5% contained at this time.

The second largest fire in Arizona is the Mangum Fire, burning near the Arizona/Utah border. The fire has grown to over 57,000 acres with 3% containment as of Thursday morning.

Wildfires – Russia

Wildfires are raging on an area of more than 15,100 hectares across Russia, with the worst situation being in the Far East. Fires have engulfed some 2,200 hectares in Chukotka, more than 9,100 hectares in Kamchatka and more than 3,700 hectares in the Magadan Region. Wildfire are also reported from the Republics of Buryatia, Khakassia, and Karelia, from the Pskov region, the Krasnoyarsk and TransBaikal Territories, and a number of other regions.


Siberian Forests under Attack

Swarms of the Siberian silk moth, whose larvae eat away at conifer trees in the region’s forests, have grown rapidly amid the rising temperatures. The moths are usually inactive during winter and eat in spring, summer and autumn periods which are now lengthening.

“In all my long career as a specialist, I’ve never seen moths so huge and growing so quickly,” said Vladimir Soldatov, a moth expert, who warns of “tragic consequences” for forests. The larvae, which are taking over larger areas of forest, strip trees of their needles and make them more susceptible to forest fires.

The moth “has moved 150 kilometres north compared to its usual territory and that’s because of global warming,” Soldatov told AFP. In the Krasnoyarsk region of eastern Siberia, more than 120,000 trees have had to be treated to kill the larvae, according to the regional forest protection centre.

Another insect pest, the bark beetle that bores into tree trunks, has also recently colonised the region. It has flourished since 2003 as the climate became milder.

With snow melting earlier in the year in northern Siberia, exposed dry vegetation and soil means fires can spread easily, said Alexei Yaroshenko, who heads the forest section at Greenpeace Russia.


Wildfires – Siberia

Since the beginning of the year, 5,626 wildfire outbreaks were recorded in Russia ravaging more than 852,00 hectares of territories. However, compared to the same period last year, the number of fires remained the same but the territory decreased by 30%. At the same time, the wildfires destroyed 251 buildings including 48 residential buildings. Compared to the same period in 2019, 30% fewer buildings burned down.

At the moment there are 64 forest fires burning, the total area is 13,000 hectares.

Wildfires – Nova Scotia, Canada

Firefighters in Nova Scotia continued to battle three significant wildfires in three counties, including two fires that were brought under control on Tuesday.

The Department of Lands and Forestry said dry conditions across the province fuelled the wildfires in Yarmouth, Kings and Antigonish counties, which all broke out on Monday.


Wildfires – Siberia

Wildfires in Siberia and the Russian Far East have become as much as ten times worse compared to this time last year, according to Ecowatch. Experts say this is due to the current climate crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, which have contributed to the destruction of these fires.

As of April 27, ten times the amount of land was on fire in the Krasnoyarsk region in Russia. This is being compared to the same time last year. In Transbaikal, a southern region of Russia, there is three times as much land burning. It has also been reported that in the Amur region, there were 1.5 times as many fires burning compared to last year.


Wildfires – Siberia

Wildfires in Siberia and the Russian Far East are as much as 10 times worse compared to this time last year, as the climate crisis and the coronavirus pandemic join forces to fan the flames.

As of April 27, ten times the amount of land was on fire in the Krasnoyarsk region compared to the same time last year, The Siberian Times reported. In Transbaikal, meanwhile, three times as much land was burning, and in the Amur region, there were 1.5 times as many fires.

Around five million acres of Russian forest and grassland were on fire, and the largest fire was one million acres total.

The regions of Kemerovo and Novosibirsk among others have been the hardest hit to date. In Novosibirsk, around 50 homes were burned and in Kemerovo, 27


Wildfires – Siberia

Wildfires in Siberia, Russia, are bringing even more misery to an area which is already on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. On April 23, 2020, strong winds helped to push fires set by locals to dry grass out of control. The regions of Kemerovo and Novosibirsk among others have been the hardest hit to date. Nine Siberian regions have been affected by these wildfires. Clouds of smoke have swept across the Siberian landscape.



Wildfires Fully Extinguished in Siberia’s Irkutsk Region

Wildfires that burned across swathes of Siberia this summer have been fully extinguished in the Irkutsk region, Interfax cited regional authorities as saying Wednesday.

Irkutsk is one of several regions that have been affected by the “unprecedented” wildfires throughout Siberia since June. The wildfires exceeded 3 million hectares, an area the size of Belgium, at their peak in July.


Wildfires – Siberia

The area of wildfires in the Irkutsk Region has increased in the last 24 hours to over 650,000 hectares, the regional department of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Tuesday. Compared to the previous day, seven new wildfires have been recorded, and the territory under flames has expanded by 37,370 hectares.

Russian prosecutors said on Tuesday that some of the vast Siberian wildfires that environmentalists have dubbed a climate emergency were started on purpose by arsonists trying to conceal illegal logging activity.


Wildfires – Siberia

The Russian Defense Ministry’s planes and helicopters have extinguished wildfires in Siberia raging across 690,000 hectares since the beginning of the effort.

Since the operation started, the Defense Ministry’s air task force has poured 5,490 tonnes of water on the blazing forest. The Il-76 planes and Mi-8 helicopters carried out 90 and 143 flights, respectively, to extinguish fires. A total of 170,000 hectares of burning forest were put out on Sunday.

Wildfires – Hawaii

Hawaii’s governor on Friday declared an emergency on the island of Maui, where firefighters were battling a blaze that forced the evacuations of thousands of people and sent huge clouds of smoke billowing over nearby beaches. Although most of the evacuees were later allowed to return home, the blaze more than tripled in size to spread over about 3,642 hectares, scorching mostly former sugar cane fields and brush.


Wildfires – Siberia

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has called in the army to fight the forest fires that have been raging across vast expanses of Siberia for days, enveloping entire cities in black smoke.

Environmentalists have warned that the scale of the blazes could accelerate global warming, aside from any immediate effects on the health of inhabitants.

About 3m hectares (7.4m acres) of land in the centre and east of the country were on fire on Wednesday, the authorities said.

The acrid smoke has affected small settlements as well as cities in Western Siberia and the Altai region, and also the Urals such as Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg. Air travel has also been disrupted.

Approximately 2,700 firefighters were tackling the fires. The defence ministry told news organisations that 10 planes and 10 helicopters had been dispatched to the Krasnoyarsk region, one of the worst affected.