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Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia

By The Siberian Times reporter
24 July 2017

Fires have wreaked havoc this summer with Yakutia and the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous the latest to be hard hit.

Clouds are being spiked with a special compound over remote areas of Yakutia to force rain in forest infernos

Clouds are being spiked with a special compound over remote areas of Yakutia to force rain in forest infernos. 

The skies are cannoned from An-26 planes with silver iodide or liquid nitrogen by forestry fire fighters, provoking 50 minutes of rain across a 30 kilometre area. 

An 18,000 hectare fire in Viluisky district is being targeted, some 425 kilometres northwest of regional capital Yakutsk. 

Firefighters are also using explosives to remove obstacles and build mineral lines to block the spread of fires. 

Yakutia has some 12 wildfires.

Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia


Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia


Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia


Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia


Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia
The city of Yakutsk covered in smoke. Pictures: Yakutsk.ru


In Yamalo-Nenets  officials reported 47 wildfires across 2,097 hectares after a blast of hot weather.

Last year, deadly anthrax - previously frozen in the permafrost - was released causing health hazards to humans and reindeer. The region has called for help from neighbouring governors due to the fast spread of the wildfires. 

Local governor Dmitry Kobylkin said: 'The temperature in the region is extreme. The situation will remain the same for some time.

'We are now engaging all possible additional resources. We've asked neighbouring regions about additional firefighters, Yekaterinburg has already replied. 

'We understand that situation is intensive everywhere.

'We are also waiting for significant help for Rosleskhoz and Avialesokhrana.' 

Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia


Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia


Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia


Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia


Officials resort to artificial rain to tackle raging wildfires in Siberia
Wildfires in Yakutia. Pictures: YSIA.ru


 Emergency measures are in place in 17 regions and republics in Siberia and the Russian Far East. 

Locals in many regions say the summer forest fires are are worse each year as temperatures rise. 

Comments (5)

One things for sure the fires will never be artificial; and will by the next 5 to 10 years (literally) take over the world. Mankind, better "Wise Up".
Jaker, Dundalk
27/08/2017 10:27
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I hope it works. We continue to have a terrible fire season in my province. The sun is an odd red colour in the morning behind the smoke's haze. Those with health issues are suffering and many have had to evacuate from their homes.
Sid Finster, British Columbia, Canada
11/08/2017 01:23
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Fires here and in Canada have made air quality hazardous where I live, so your photographs look familiar. Clean air to breathe is a thing of the past in the world's major cities, and now it's gone from remote areas too, at least in summertime fire season.
Mother Nature is getting revenge for mankind's foolishness.
John Young, Butte, Montana, USA
06/08/2017 07:18
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Good idea from Andres Suarez - the authorities have try all possible measures to stop these devastating fires - including cooperation with the populationin terms of detecting fires and preventing fires.
William McLean, Copenhagen/Denmark
29/07/2017 20:15
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Once they master the building of 'mineral lines' and they do it on a permanent basis, as to make a 'grid' on the forest, the fires will get under control permanently.
Andres Suarez, Cancun, Mexico
25/07/2017 06:43
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