During an historic heat wave and severe drought, more than 90,000 hectares (200,000 acres) are burning out of control. July has been the hottest month ever recorded in Moscow, fields and forests have dried up, and much of this season’s wheat harvest has been ruined.

Fires and smoke in eastern Siberia, 30 July 2010, viewed from the Terra satellite. NASA / MODIS

Fires and smoke in eastern Siberia, 30 July 2010, viewed from the Terra satellite.

 

Fires and smoke in western Russia, 29 July 2010, viewed from the Aqua satellite. NASA / MODIS

Fires and smoke in western Russia, 29 July 2010, viewed from the Aqua satellite.

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