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Siberian Wildfires Look Even More Devastating This Year Than Last Year

“MOSCOW — Spring wildfires across Siberia have Russian authorities on alert for a potentially devastating summer season of blazes after an unusually warm and dry winter in one of the world’s climate-change hot spots.

Some of the April fires in eastern Russia have already dwarfed the infernos from this time last year, which ultimately roared through 7 million acres in total — more than the size of Maryland — and sent smoke drifting as far as the United States and Canada.

Siberia also is among the areas of the world showing the greatest temperature spikes attributed to climate change. This year, the average temperatures since January are running at least 5.4 degrees (3 Celsius) above the long-term average, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”

Isabelle Khurshudyan reports for the Washington Post May 16, 2020.