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From Russia With Fire Extinguishers: Interactive Visualization Of A Country On Fire

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For all those curious to see just what an entire country on fire looks like, the University of Maryland Fire Information for Resource Management Services provides an interactive map of all currently raging fires in Russia. With Moscow temperatures projected to hit 40 Celsius today (and stay there for at least the next few days), and visibility in the Russian capital down to double digits, now that the surrounding smoke has been blown in via increasing winds, grain exports and surging food prices may soon be the least of the country's worries... at least for those unlucky enough to have been a part of the CIS privatization mafia better known nowadays as Russia's resource tycoon billionaires. All those with Google Earth can download the interactive KML map at the following link. (Google Earth can be downloaded here)

Selected static pics below.

Wildfires in Russia 3

Wildfires in Russia 4

Wildfires in Russia 5

Wildfires in Russia 6

 


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Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:05 | Link to Comment Mongo
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We didn't start the fire...

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:07 | Link to Comment Missing_Link
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That's true, isn't it?  From what I've heard, it was always burnin', since the world's been turnin'.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:20 | Link to Comment Paper CRUSHer
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......Billy Joel if my memory serves me correctly.

It also may not be a bad of an idea to keep a close eye on the weather outside.No, i'm talk'n Space Weather.I hope ya'll don't just only track the daily monetary/financial/political newsflow.Last weekend there was a massive Solar Eruption.

http://spaceweather.com/

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:55 | Link to Comment Jason T
Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:14 | Link to Comment 101 years and c...
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You didn't, and I didn't.  What about Ben?  Instant inflation.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:25 | Link to Comment Cpl Hicks
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Churn and burn, baby!

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:15 | Link to Comment Internet Tough Guy
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Santa Anastasia winds?

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:58 | Link to Comment snowball777
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+1 Californian laugh.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:19 | Link to Comment flacon
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If we run out of wheat we can always eat Ben's paper. /sarcasm

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 21:38 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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Uncle Ben's Perverted Rice!

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:26 | Link to Comment JJ McApe
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looks like there are

OVER 9000!!! fires!

:<

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:44 | Link to Comment Zina
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Fireworks.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:43 | Link to Comment Mad Mad Woman
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Wow.  I didn't realize that practically the whole country was on fire. Unbelievable.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 13:23 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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All those with Google Earth can download the interactive KML map at the following link. (Google Earth can be downloaded here)

If you download the link and open it up, you'll see that China and Japan have their own problems as well.

2010, the year of the fire...........extinguisher.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 20:26 | Link to Comment thisandthat
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But not over here, thankfully: so far, this year, ~20000 ha burnt; 1980-2009 graph (ha).

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:47 | Link to Comment GerritB
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H.A.A.R.P anyone?

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:53 | Link to Comment ATTILA THE WIMP
Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:00 | Link to Comment MeTarzanUjane
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The goal of HAARP is to boil water in underground aquifers creating large pockets of steam. This expansion creates earthquakes, not fires.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 11:00 | Link to Comment DosZap
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Must be PRAYER...............as they have had their secret weapon uh BACKFIRE?.

Nothing like using it on yourself for a trial....................LOL

 

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 13:52 | Link to Comment Cathartes Aura
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thanks for the link ATTILA.

very interesting comments - with the usual amrkn nonsense mockery - particularly the post Aleida from Arecibo Observatory - lots of links, will be checking them out, but all that I've read & researched about the subject, seems more than plausible.

sociopaths with way too much money & power, it's sickening, literally.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 20:29 | Link to Comment thisandthat
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In an telephone interview with RFE/RL, Areshev appeared to back off from claims he made in the article, saying that he was merely positing a theory.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:57 | Link to Comment Colonel Sun
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T.I.N.F.O.I.L. anyone?

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 20:29 | Link to Comment thisandthat
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H.A.T.!

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:49 | Link to Comment MeTarzanUjane
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Tarzan no like fire. Fire burn fire hot but fire good to cook monkey.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:56 | Link to Comment wyosteven
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As soon as some chode in the west drops a cigarette in the rockies the American continent will burn like russia.   Pine beetle plague has utterly destroyed much of the forrest from Chile to British Columbia.

Let's see if the Ruskies have the last laugh when the Americas burn.

The lack of awareness of those with respect to the risk of fire on their own continent is astounding.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:27 | Link to Comment Cpl Hicks
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Dude, light a fire in Uranus and rid yourself of that troublesome cootie infestation.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:38 | Link to Comment Gordon Freeman
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WTF??? The Black Hills, and eastern WY have never been more green, lush, and beautiful.  Maybe you can tell us about "the end of the GOM" next...

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 12:48 | Link to Comment thisandthat
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If you're talking pine nematode, not just there.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:55 | Link to Comment MeTarzanUjane
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On another note Colin's back.

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gtwo_atl.shtml

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 08:56 | Link to Comment ArrestBobRubin
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Vlad Putin or Barry D'oh-bama. Who would you rather have as prez during a national emergency? This one isn't even close. Like him or hate him, Putin is one tough SOB.

Barry? Not so much. Just ask Reggie Love.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:55 | Link to Comment Call_me_Al
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I'd rather pass on both.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:00 | Link to Comment h4rdware
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I know lots of people in Tambov, and they don't appear to be fully aware of the extensiveness of the fires, indicated by these maps. I've been told there is a strong smell of smoke and very hazy sky. Temp is an uncomfortable 40'c.

Tambov has a huge forest running north-south which is about several hundred km long and several km wide. Looks like it has some fires already although perhaps not big ones.

Going to start making some calls... see what is happening on the ground.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:19 | Link to Comment MeTarzanUjane
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"Going to start making some calls... see what is happening on the ground."

Roger, I'll get the word out and start mobilizing the resources. Let's keep our communication channels open and work collaboratively on this one.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 14:27 | Link to Comment h4rdware
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...whatever keeps you occupied. I just used the phone.

It does seems that many of the fires are just alerts, or not real (or whatever). Some serious fires around Lipetsk & Voronezh in that region, not sure about the rest. That is from people 'on the ground'. Literally, standing on it. Sometimes not both feet at once, but you get the idea.

 

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 14:50 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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Sometimes not both feet at once, but you get the idea.

LOL

Very nice. Hot foot hopping is always funny except for those experiencing it.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:19 | Link to Comment Sniper
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Does this mean Siberian resource extraction will be easier?

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 12:53 | Link to Comment thisandthat
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It will be a bitch for wood/paper industry, though; burnt wood is rock hard...

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:28 | Link to Comment Call_me_Al
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Thanks! Fantastic info, by the way you can compare this map with the (un)official map for russian sheeple: http://pozhar.yandex.ru/. It seems big fires better seen only at a distance.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:38 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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Did you know that Tjernobyl forest is also on fire?!

In Europe there where already some readings of the isotopes that are typical for the old disaster. It seems the radioactive particles are spreading back into the atmosphere!

 

anybody wants some cancer? anybody?

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:47 | Link to Comment digalert
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With all the global warming, can we cap n tax the fires?

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 09:57 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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INVESTMENT OPPRTUNITY!!

This has a rally writting all over it

 

Also, I think that Russian real estate will soon do well.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 13:05 | Link to Comment thisandthat
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What global warming would that be: summertime, daytime...? Ever heard of floods in Pakistan, right now - oh, what about the hundreds of children dead from cold, in Peru; cold and snow in Brazil; record snow fall this winter; the growing of 43% of atoll islands since WW2 (+ 43% stable)...

I'd say "cap" n trade "environmentalists" - cattle will eat anything...

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:22 | Link to Comment RossInvestor
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The fires are a huge natural disaster of unimaginable scale.

On a lighter side it gives new meaning to the Doors song "Light My Fire" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flOvM4Z355A&feature=related).

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:22 | Link to Comment Ludic Fallacy
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I think the best thing about this page is not the information itself, but the ads for "Russian Beauties" on the sides.  Way to tie in the story with the advertisements!  No doubt Google is at play, here...

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:23 | Link to Comment MachoMan
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I can't see Novgorod without reminiscing about Civilization (the days of the tandy?)...  those Ruskies had the best starting position/technology.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:30 | Link to Comment americanspirit
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Why are all these Russian forests in long strips, hundreds of KM long and a few KM wide? Logging. The Russian timber industry has been logging these areas for years, leaving these strips of forest. Now they are all burning. Goodbye Russian logging industry.  Also these forest strips are oriented so that they break up the winds that sweep across the huge open spaces of the Russian west. By breaking up the winds the soil is kept from blowing away. Goodbye soil. Goodbye agriculture. It won't be just this year's wheat crop that is wiped out. It could take 10-20 years to rerstore the windbreak forests. Meanwhile ... massive starvation. Massive migration from the country to the cities. And all the fun that goes with these kinds of displacements of millions of desperate people. Mother Russia is in deep shit.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:33 | Link to Comment Cpl Hicks
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If the response of the Russian fire brigades is anything like their militaries' handling of the terrorist attack in Beslan some ten years ago then they are well and truly fucked.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:37 | Link to Comment alpha60
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every 'once' in a while you guys put up something that is just way out, fully sensationalist, something that makes us, those who hope that this site is not just another sell-side prop book marketing scheme, think otherwise.

this info graphic is one of those. there ain't no fires in kiev. its hot, but the only thing burning around here is the near-naked ladies getting ready for a friday night

tyler -1

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 10:53 | Link to Comment Call_me_Al
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Why declare emergency if there're no fires?

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 11:50 | Link to Comment Fascist Dictator
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Putin must be taking a page out of Rahm "Dead Fish" Emmanuals' handbook on crises. Can't let an emergency go to waste, now can we?

Mon, 08/09/2010 - 04:17 | Link to Comment alpha60
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Call_you_Al,

kiev is in ukraine. the emergency was declared in russia. since around 1992, ukraine and russia have been separate countries. its kinda like mexico and the us. they are kinda the same, but if you think reeeeal hard, you might get the difference.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 13:19 | Link to Comment trx
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On Russia:

Russia Warns: Wildfires Pose Nuclear Threat

On space weather: NASA Discover New Form Of Space Weather With Power Of Earthquake

Personally I can’t help wonder what kind of effect this space-weather-thing will have on the weather derivatives market?

Will we soon be able to buy a colonial mass put option? With a strike magnitude of 5.0? Expiration date; December 31th 2012?

I’m willing to bet that somewhere, some quant is working on a formula right now…

 

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 16:04 | Link to Comment snarkolepsy
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I don't want to ruin everyone's freak out - but Oregon switched crops last year in favor of planting wheat. Search google for - oregon gambles wheat.

Likely Russia is manipulating the market, or they know all that haze isn't going to let many things grow well. It is sort of like a mini volcano.

Other places will take up the slack.

Continue screaming.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 16:49 | Link to Comment wkwillis
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In California we had an electrical storm in a dry June, a few years ago. 2000 fires in 24 hours. They burned out, merged, except for a couple near cities.

The rural volunteer fire companies just let them burn. The land was owned by corporations, the same corporations that passed proposition 13, so there was no money at all for fire departments in the nonurban areas. Or much of anything else.

The volunteer fire departments only responded to the local houses that were threatened.

Fri, 08/06/2010 - 16:57 | Link to Comment americanspirit
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From the Sydney Morning Herald

" Moscow's tabloid press has speculated the United States orchestrated the heatwave in order to favour its own grain exporters by blasting Russia with harmful rays from a research station in Alaska."

Actually, those rays came from Sarah Palin's kitchen window. How can they overlook something so damned obvious?

Sat, 10/09/2010 - 09:51 | Link to Comment senthil456
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There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration.I read and understand the entire article and I really enjoyed it to be honest.
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