Wildfires in Siberia sweep through 20 towns

Siberia fire

In this undated photo taken from the site of the Ministry for Emergency Situations, on Sunday, April 12, 2015, a firefighter extinguishes a wildfire in Khakassia. The government of the Siberian region reports that more than 70 people have been injured by agricultural fires that got out of control and swept through 20 towns and villages. The fires were started by farmers burning the grass in their fields, but they spread quickly because of strong winds. The government of Khakassia has called on all residents to help put out the fires, which on Sunday destroyed 118 homes in 21 towns and villages.

Reuters reports that four people have been killed by the fires in southern Siberia.


UPDATED April 13, 2015:

Photo provided by the Ministry for Emergency Situations, Khakassia branch.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Dick.