More than 1.6 million hectares of forest are ablaze in Siberia, with footage released on Monday showing the wildfires in the Nizhneilimsky district of Irkutsk region.
According to the Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service, the worst hit areas are located in the regions of Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Buryatia and Zabaykalsky Krai.
The fires are raging through Siberia caused by a combination of high... Еще temperatures, lightning strikes and strong winds.
Thick smog has already reached some of the largest cities of Siberia such as Novosibirsk and Tomsk, and the smoke continues to spread to the Urals and several regions in neighbouring Kazakhstan.
Local residents have created an online petition with a request to declare a state of emergency and to deploy additional firefighting forces on all Siberian regions. So far the petition has been signed by more than 300,000 people.
At the moment of writing, authorities have declared a state of emergency in the Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions, as well as in two districts of Buryatia and three districts of Yakutia.
mandatory courtesy: russian aerial forest protection service