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July the Month of Instantaneous Combustion

Posted by feww on July 30, 2010

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Forest fires sweep across central Russia

Wildfires caused by soaring temperatures kill at least a dozen people, consume  1,500 homes

Massive blazes force hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their home in Russia’s hottest summer on 130-year record.


A security guard walks near grass, which was lit on fire by severe heat, at Khodynskoe pole aviation museum in Moscow July 29, 2010.  Photo: Reuters/ Xinhua. Image may be subject to copyright.

A heatwave has plagued Central  Russia and Siberia since June, incinerating homes, destroying crops and driving thousands of farmers to the verge of bankruptcy, a report said.

Eastern Siberia on Fire


Fires are still burning in eastern Siberia, north of the Kamchatka Peninsula. The above natural-color image was captured by MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite on July 30, 2010.   Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (4 MB, JPEG)

Dominic Point Fire, Montana


Original Caption:  Lightning strikes and human activities in the forested mountains of the western United States can spark wildfires during the summer dry season. The Dominic Point Fire was first reported near 3:00 p.m. local time on Sunday, July 25, 2010. Approximately one hour later, the International Space Station crew photographed the fire’s large smoke plume—already extending at least 8 kilometers (5 miles) to the east—from orbit as the station passed almost directly overhead. Forest Service fire crews, slurry bombers, and helicopters were on the scene by that evening.

The fire may have been started by a lightning strike, as there are no trails leading into the fire area located approximately 22 kilometers (14 miles) northeast of Hamilton, Montana, according to local reports. As of July 26, 2010, the fire had burned approximately 700 to 1,000 acres (283 to 405 hectares) of the Bitterroot National Forest in western Montana. The fire is thought to have expanded quickly due to high temperatures, low humidity, and favorable winds with an abundance of deadfall—dead trees and logs that provide readily combustible fuels—in the area. The image was taken by the Expedition 24 crew. See the International Space Station Program and the NASA/JSC Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (999 KB, JPEG)

Bull Fire in Sequoia National Forest, Calif


The Bull Fire started in the early hours of  Monday, July 26 on the southern edge of California’s ailing Sequoia National Forest. MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image at 2:40 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time on July 27.  Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (3 MB, JPEG)


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