2018 Russian wildfires

Dry, warm conditions in the spring set the stage for fires in Siberia. By May, more fires per month were seen in Amur Oblast than any year since 2008.[1]


In mid-July 2018, smoke from the fires could be seen by satellites reaching North America.[2][3] The Siberian Times reported 321,255 hectares (793,840 acres) were burning.[4]

On July 24, the U.S. National Weather Service said smoke had crossed the Canada-U.S. border and reached Bellingham, Washington.[5] Siberian fires were partly blamed by Environment Canada which issued an air quality statement on July 25 for Prince George, BC.[6] On July 29, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency stated the Puget Sound region would experience "moderate air quality at times with some upper level smoke making for pretty sunsets. This smoke comes from distant fires, mostly originating from Siberia."[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Sweltering, Smoky Fires in Siberia", Image of the Day, NASA Earth Observatory, May 18, 2018
  2. ^ Brian Donegan (July 12, 2018), Smoke From Siberian Wildfires Invades Northeastern U.S., Weather.com
  3. ^ Tom Yulsman (July 16, 2018), "Smoke from Siberian fires blows all the way to Canada — and is seen by a satellite nearly a million miles from Earth", Discover
  4. ^ https://siberiantimes.com/ecology/others/news/concern-over-raging-wildfires-as-smoke-from-siberia-crosses-alaska-and-canada-reaching-new-england/
  5. ^ NWS: Smoke overhead from Siberian fires could make for beautiful sunsets, My Ferndale News, July 24, 2018
  6. ^ "Smoke from out-of-province forest fires triggers air quality statement", Prince George Citizen, July 25, 2018
  7. ^ Forecast: Our Air Quality, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency, July 29, 2018, archived from the original on 2018-07-29, retrieved 2018-07-29 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)