According to reports from Russia’s ITAR-TASS news service, rain and sleet in southern and eastern Russia on Sunday, April 28, helped to quell many of the forest fires that had been raging in Amur Oblast’ throughout much of April. This image of southern Russia shows that on April 27, 2008, numerous fires (locations marked in red) were still burning in the Chitin Oblast’ (left-hand side of image), while thick smoke hung over a large area to the south and east. The large version of the image shows more of the Amur region to the east. The image was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey.