Vyacheslav Popov, head of the republic's Forestry Department, said: 'The area of wildfires doubled. There are 37 active wildfires in the republic right now covering the territory of 76,000 hectares. There is a threat to eight settlements in five areas of Yakutia''In the Northwest Territories of Canada, dry and warm weather has fueled over 186 fires of which 156 are still burning according to this report from Climate Central.
'The biggest number if wildfires are here in Vilyui district', said the the local administration head, Sergey Vinokurov.'They all started at the same time because of so-called 'dry thunderstorms' which we had last week.'We had to send helicopters to evacuate people out of the most dangerous areas and bring them to Vilyuisk'.The town is an administrative capital some 600 kilometres northwest of capital Yakutsk.As Siberia frazzles in the summer heat, states of emergency were introduced in areas of Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions, the Republic of Buryatia, and three districts of Trans-Baikal region, plus one of the Tyva Republic.'For the duration of the emergency situation, entering forests is strictly forbidden for the population', and punishable by fines of up to 100,000 rubles ($2,800)', locals were warned in Buryatia.
Boreal forests like those in the Northwest Territories are burning at rates "unprecedented" in the past 10,000 years according to the authors of a study put out last year. The northern reaches of the globe are warming at twice the rate as areas closer to the equator, and those hotter conditions are contributing to more widespread burns.The regions just below the Arctic are not alone in the increase and severity of wildfires as the recent wildfire news coming out of the Western states reflects. But the burn rate in the boreal forests is unprecedented.