View from space: Continuing wildfires in Russia

Significant amounts of smoke from the wildfires in Siberia arrived in British Columbia in Canada this week, according to CBC News.

Russian firefighters have been battling wildfires for months. More than 30 wildfires were burning today (July 10, 2012) in far eastern Russia, according to NASA. Greenpeace says more land in Russia has already burned in 2012 than in 2010, a year that intense wildfires affected western Russia. Here’s an image from NASA’s Terra satellite, of wildfires burning yesterday.

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of Russian wildfires on July 9, 2012. The red outlines indicate active fires. Image Credit: NASA Terra

Smoke from large wildfires in Siberia is often lofted high enough into the atmosphere that winds push plumes of it across the Pacific Ocean to North America, NASA says. Significant amounts of smoke arrived in British Columbia in Canada this week, according to CBC News.

Bottom line: NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of wildfires burning in eastern Russia (Siberia) yesterday (July 9, 2012). NASA says more than 30 wildfires are burning in Russia today (July 10).

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