December 4, 2021

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Toxic smoke from the largest wildfire in Siberia – VG

The largest forests in northeastern Siberia are on fire. Photo: AP / NTB

Heavy and toxic fumes are spreading from large wildfires over large areas of eastern Siberia. Summer has been dry for 150 years.


The worst affected state is Saga, in the northeastern corner of Russia. Thousands of volunteers – men, women and children – are engaged in extinguishing the fire and digging up earthworms to reduce the fire.

According to local officials, more than 60 settlements in the capital Yakutsk and the region are affected by the thick smoke blowing eastward. Residents are asked to wear a mask outside, otherwise they will close the doors and windows of the house.

No casualties or injuries were reported.

Volunteers in Siberia dig holes in the forest to control the fire. Photo: AP / NTB

Incredible areas

As of Monday, 190 different fire sites had been reported. The Forest Administration, which monitors the largest forest areas from the wind, estimates that the total volume of uncontrolled fires is about 7 million meters. It is similar to the entire former West-Actor district.

More than 2,000 firefighters are on the ground, and several planes and helicopters are actively trying to develop wet fire systems to protect homes and settlements.

Conditions throughout Russia are very dry, and it is burning in many places. On a national basis, 300 uncontrolled fires have spread to 8.5 million targets. More than 6,500 groups are scattered across the field.

Dense and dangerous smoke enters the city of Yakutsk in eastern Siberia. Photo: AP / NTB

Is going extinct

Many of the fires in uninhabited forests did not try to put out. Fire officials allow them to burn themselves until they die.

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– The situation is very difficult. We have been enjoying a dry summer for 150 years in Yakutsk. The heat in June was unprecedented. The governor of Sacha says there was an extensive wildfire, with very dry, strong winds that often occur here.

Largest at the state level. It is larger than Argentina and four times larger than France. In Russian, the region is referred to as the Saga Republic. 80 percent of the land area is forest.