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Forest fires (red dots) continue to blanket eastern Russia with smoke along the Lena River. This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image was captured on August 20, 2002.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC