Locals fear for their health and property as smoke from raging forest fires shrouds an entire region of eastern Russia
- ‘Airpocalypse’ hits Siberian city as heatwave sparks forest fires
Every morning and evening for the last few days, shifts of young villagers have headed out into the taiga forest around Teryut with a seemingly impossible task: to quell the raging fires that have burned closer and closer for a month, shrouding this remote eastern Siberian village in an acrid haze.
So far, little has worked. Amid the worst wildfire season in memory, locals have vowed to defend their village to the last, sending away small children for their protection from the smog while they stay on to fight back the flames.