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Eerie wildfire phoenix seen from space 50km south of the Arctic circle

By Svetlana Skarbo
04 July 2020

230 wildfires rage in Russia’s coldest republic of Yakutia, with state of emergency declared in Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions.

The Sentinel-2 satellite image shaped like a giant fire bird shows wildfires burning some 50 km (31 miles) south of the Arctic Circle to the west of the Lena River. Picture: Antonio Vecoli 

Ninety firefighters from Western Siberia arrived, 95 more are on the way from Amur and Trans-Baikal regions to help Yakutia fight wildfires. 

A state of emergency was introduced in several areas of Yakutia - also known as the republic of Sakha - with the weather forecast for July predicting extremely hot and dry weather, the cue for even more fires. 

This year wildfires were as far north as the town of Chersky, above the Arctic circle. 

The Sentinel-2 satellite image shaped like a giant fire bird shows wildfires burning some 50 km (31 miles) south of the Arctic Circle to the west of the Lena River. 

Eerie wildfire phoenix seen from space 50km south of the Arctic circle


Eerie wildfire phoenix seen from space 50km south of the Arctic circle


Eerie wildfire phoenix seen from space 50km south of the Arctic circle
Wildires in the extreme north of Yakutia around the towns of Chersky, Srednekolymsk and Nizhnekolymsk. Pictures: Ministry of Emergency Situations Yakutia


The summer has already broken records with a temperature of 38C (100F) in Verkhoyansk, one of the world's coldest inhabited towns on 17 June.

‘This is by far the one of the worst, if not the worst year we’ve ever had with wildfires’, said Nikita Zimov, director of the Pleistocene Park near the town of Chersky. 

‘There is a fire just 15 km away from our scientific station.

‘It was a thunderstorm and lightning that started the fire. Dry and hot weather combined with wind helped it grow big in no time at all.’  

Eerie wildfire phoenix seen from space 50km south of the Arctic circle


Eerie wildfire phoenix seen from space 50km south of the Arctic circle


Eerie wildfire phoenix seen from space 50km south of the Arctic circle


Eerie wildfire phoenix seen from space 50km south of the Arctic circle
230 wildfires rage in Russia’s coldest republic of Yakutia, with state of emergency declared in Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions. A highly experienced firefighter, 42-year-old Ruslan Imsyrov died as he was on duty fighting wildfires in the region


South and west from Yakutia state of emergency was introduced in Irkutsk region, with an amphibia BE-200 plane of Russian Ministry of Emergencies deployed to fight the fires. 

A highly experienced firefighter, 42-year-old Ruslan Imsyrov died as he was on duty fighting wildfires in the region. 

His colleagues said that it happened as he was moving from one wildfire to another. Ruslan has been serving Irkutsk Aviation Forest Protection Base since 2002. 

A state of emergency was also introduced in the vast Krasnoyarsk region, where a cloud spiking plane will be used to cause rains. 

More than a hundred wildfires are currently registered in the Krasnoyarsk region, with warnings about extremely difficult situations with wildfires caused by hot and dry weather also coming from Novosibirsk region, Republic of Khakassia and the Far East of Russia. 

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