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Can someone explain to me the geography of the area in Russia that is affected by fire?

Asked by kevbo (25606points) August 10th, 2010 from iPhone

The numbers are too big for me to comprehend, and I don’t know what the landscape would be normally. For example:

The emergencies ministry said that over the last 24 hours, 247 new fires had appeared, more than the 239 had been put out, and 557 fires were still raging across the affected region.

and

… the authorities said they were making progress in fighting fires that still covered 174,035 hectares of land.

So there have been a thousand fires burning? Really?

What is the land mass involved analagous to? Texas? France? Is it dense forest? Bog? Something else?

Help me understand. Thanks.

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4 Answers

JLeslie's avatar

We should ask Simone, I think she is Russian, she is probably more on top of this. I’ll send her a PM.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

Though I am Russian, I haven’t followed the story and am terrible at geography or answering any of the qs you posed. I think @syz ‘s answer was great. Sorry

mattbrowne's avatar

Yes, really. It’s on German tv every day. Radioactive material also threatens Western Europe. Will depend on wind direction. Continental climate in this area of Russia is prone to extreme weather such as heat and drought in the summer.

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