The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image at 1:40 p.m. local time (19:40 UTC) on June 18, 2012. Red outlines show the approximate boundaries of actively burning fires. Pyrocumulus clouds—cumulus clouds that cap columns of smoke and appear white—are visible.
- Inciweb. (2012). High Park Fire. Accessed Juune 19, 2012.
- Aqua - MODIS
The latest flare-up prompted Russian authorities to declare a state of emergency in seven regions, including the Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous area, the Tyva Republic, the Sakha Republic, Krasnoyarsk, Amur, Zabaikalsky, and Sakhalin.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired these images of numerous fires and heavy smoke near the borders of Khanty-Mansiisk, Krasnoyarsk, and Tomsk at 1:20 p.m. local time (06:20 Universal Time) on June 18. Active fires are shown with red outlines. Numerous fires are burning through taiga in Krasnoyarsk (bottom), and a large pall of smoke to the south covers much of Tomsk (top).
According to Russian authorities, many of the fires started when people lost control of agricultural fires and campfires. However, lightning sparked some of the blazes as well.
According to the environmental group Greenpeace, more land in Russia has burned this year than in 2010, a year that intense wildfires affected western Russia and produced rare pyrocumulus “fire clouds.”
- The Moscow Times (2012, June 18) State of Emergency Declared Due to Fires in Eastern Regions. Accessed June 18, 2012.
- RT Network (2012, June 18) State of Emergency Declared in Siberia as Fires Rage. Accessed June 18, 2012.
- Terra - MODIS
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