Forest fire in Yakutia seen from space

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Smoke from the forest fires that continued in Yakutia, or Republic of Sakha, near the North Pole, spread over an area of ​​900 km towards the North Pole.

The photograph, obtained yesterday by the Sentinel 3 satellite of the European Union’s Earth observation program Copernicus, revealed the scale of the fire in Yakutia, which is among the coldest regions in the world.

Forest fires, which started in the region this year due to unusually high temperatures that lasted for months, continue.

The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry declared a state of emergency in the region in August and some residential areas were evacuated.

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