Now firefighters are battling more than 100 wildfires burning across russia’s siberia
The fires are more intense this year due to high temperatures and a prolonged drought. It is feared the fires could significantly damage the region’s ecosystem. It’s hard to comprehend the scale of these fires. They’ve torn their way through more than 1.5 million hectares of land in the region of yakutia leaving scorched earth in their and the fire season is only just beginning.
Thousands of firefighters are working around the clock to get the blazers under control. If not for the strong winds we could do it faster but you see how strong the winds are. That’s our biggest problem right now that wind is driving the smoke to the eastern siberian city of yakutsk famous for being the coldest city on earth.
Usually pictured blanketed in snow not smoke residents here are alarmed. The people close their house’s doors and windows because of very cool wheather. They can’t take breath in this cool wheather.
Although, forest fires in summer are normal here. Their ferocity this year is being blamed on unusually high temperatures along with smoke. They’ve also been spewing out record amounts of greenhouse gases. Scientists fear that this will further accelerate climate change in one of earth’s most fragile regions.