Wildfires on permafrost are ravaging Yakutia – or the Sakha Republic, the largest and coldest entity of the Russian Federation. The scale is mesmerising.
There are some separate 300 fires, now covering 12,140 square kilometres – but only around half of these are being tackled, because they pose a threat to people.
The rest are burning unchecked, with some of the world’s most remote wilderness destroyed by uncontrolled fires.
The savage summer fire season has seen major outbreaks around the Road of Bones, an arterial highway built by victims of repression in the Soviet era between Yakutsk – the regional capital and coldest city in the world – and the port of Magadan…
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