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Canada and Russia breathe the same air

As reported by NASA on July 31, 2019, Siberian smoke from hundreds of massive forest fires crossed the Bering Sea all the way to some parts of Canada.

According to Colin Seftor, atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, the smoke “can now be seen stretching across eastern Russia, into Alaska, down the west coast of Canada and, then, over Vancouver and Seattle.” In addition, Canadian smoke from forest fires in the Northwest Territories builds up nearby. Earlier, NASA explained that smoke, including some released by forest fires, was “a mixture of particles and chemicals” the amount of which depended on burning material, available oxygen and temperature.

“All smoke can be hazardous especially for the young and elderly.”

On the same day, U.S. President Donald Trump offered Russian President Vladimir Putin assistance in putting out these Siberian wildfires. On August 1, he shared with the press his guesses that this gesture was appreciated. In turn, Vladimir Putin “expressed sincere gratitude for the kind attention,” as stated on the official Kremlin’s website. He would take up the offer if needed.

As of August 3, 2019, the Russian Federal Forestry Agency registered 164 actively burning fires over the total area of 122,810 ha. The state of emergency is declared in the Republic of Sakha, the Krasnoyarsk and Irkutsk regions, as well as in one municipal district of the Republic of Buryatia. Over three thousand people, more than 350 pieces of equipment and 72 aircraft are tackling the blaze. The dry heat and high summer temperatures above 30°С are seen among the most common causes of the natural disaster.

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