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Wildfires Spread in Eastern Russia

Wildfires Spread in Eastern Russia

This color-enhanced image from the VIIRS imager aboard the NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite shows several fires burning in a small region of Russia in Krasnoyarsk Krai, west of Lake Baikal, near its border with Irkutsk.

A multitude of wildfires have been burning throughout the vast Russian taiga for weeks (and their plumes of smoke have been visible in NOAA View). According to TASS, the Russian news agency, fires in the region burned about 16,000 hectares (more than 60 square miles) earlier this month (June 15). At the end of May, TASS reported that forest fires had scorched more than 80,000 hectares (more than 300,000 square miles) in the country's far eastern Amur region.

This enhanced image, taken by the Suomi NPP satellite on June 29, 2016, uses multiple channels on its VIIRS instrument, including visible and thermal imagery, to distinguish cloud, smoke, land, and areas of active fires. The fire's thermal signature is so strong, and the burned area so large, that it is easily detected by the satellite's sensors, 512 miles above the Earth's surface.

Courtesy of NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory