26 May 2017
Wildfires break out in the boreal forests of eastern Russia most summers, but last year was particularly bad.
This image from the Copernicus Sentinel-2A satellite was taken on 28 September, and shows blazes that had plagued Russia's Irkutsk Oblast since July. It is thought that drier conditions associated with warmer weather – with June 2016 being the hottest on record – contributed to the unusually large number of fires.
A state of emergency was imposed on this area during the wildfires.
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