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Fires in Eastern Siberia

Fires in Eastern Siberia

Fires continued burning in eastern Siberia, north of the Kamchatka Peninsula, on July 30, 2010. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this natural-color image the same day.

Marked by red outlines, fires burn east and west of Penzhinskaya Guba at the northernmost tip of the Sea of Okhotsk. In the west, fires send thick smoke plumes toward the north-northeast. In the east, fires send their smoke toward the east-northeast. The smoke plumes coalesce into a thick river of smoke that travels toward the southeast.

Eastern Siberia was not the only part of the Russian Federation contending with fires. A different set of wildfires sent thick smoke over Moscow.

NASA image by Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by Michon Scott.