Wildfires Already Raging in Siberia (Yes, Siberia!)

April 27, 2014 at 10:44 AM Leave a comment

Eastern shore of  Lake Baikal, Siberia via Wikimedia Commons

The Eastern Shore of Lake Baikal, Siberia (via Wikimedia Commons)

When I think of Siberia in April I think of a place that’s sleepily emerging from a long, snow-covered deep freeze.  Silly me:

Anomalous, global-warming-enhanced, fires continued to erupt across Eastern Russia [last week], chasing a rapidly receding freeze line north and into zones still frozen, but starting to shake off ice cover far too soon for comfort.

According to reports from Radio Free Europe, more than 5,000 pieces of heavy equipment and many more firefighters are now battling blazes throughout Siberia this week. As of April 20th, more than 100 blazes were reported in numerous regions including: the Orenburg area around Lake Baikal, the Amur region, the Birobidzhan Autonomous Oblast, the Primorsky Krai, and the Far Eastern region of Russia.

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All across Eastern Russia, the story is the same: above average warmth, early thaw, summer-like temperatures in spring time. It has been this way day after day, month after month. Since 2010, the story has mostly been the same: early thaw, record or near record heat, amazing fire hazard. Even more concerning, the situation is steadily growing worse.

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Sigh.

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