29 thoughts on “The Moscow Region On Fire”

    • OMG Russians are soo poor, they cannot even afford our luxury and technologically superior jet powered water bomber which can control fires like these in 1 minute. 🙁

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  1. Despite fire damage, Samara manages to be on blocks with no wheels!

    Still, if this was USA, there would be much looting!

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  2. Where the hell are all those Beriev Be-200 and Ilyushin IL-76 TD waterbombers russia posess?

    Those are the best and biggest firefighters in the world, some are stationed in southern serbia to fight fires in that part of the balkans and Greece, but there must be tousands of them at home, where are they?

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    • You don’t fight wild fires, you direct their path into areas with less fuel so they die down. It involves bulldozers cutting 50 foot fire breaks, lots of guys with shovels and cordite making fire-line, creating back fires to reduce fuel (not going to work very well around peat) and helicopters doing lots of spot drops. And despite all this effort, wildfires often burn until the first fall rains. I know this from experience, the last big fire around here burnt 500,000 acres. There’s just not a lot you can do except try to establish defensible territory around your buildings and concentrate on attempting to save them. That field of cabbages shows that wasn’t even enough, unless you’re prone to growing your cabbages out in a foot high stand of dry grass.

      Wherever your planes are when you find them, they’re going to need lakes or long straight stretches of river pretty close by, helicopters don’t need long strips of flat and can hover over any pond and attempt to suck it dry.

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    • You don’t fight wild fires, you direct their path into areas with less fuel so they die down. It involves bulldozers cutting 50 foot fire breaks, lots of guys with shovels and cordite making fire-line, creating back fires to reduce fuel (not going to work very well around peat) and helicopters doing lots of spot drops. And despite all this effort, wildfires often burn until the first fall rains. I know this from experience, the last big fire around here burnt 500,000 acres. There’s just not a lot you can do except try to establish defensible territory around your buildings and concentrate on attempting to save them. That field of cabbages shows that wasn’t even enough, unless you’re prone to growing your cabbages out in a foot high stand of dry grass.

      Wherever your planes are when you find them, they’re going to need lakes or long straight stretches of river pretty close by, helicopters don’t need long strips of flat and can hover over any pond and attempt to suck it dry.

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  3. What a shame. My sympathy for the poor villagers. However, for some reason I expected to see more firefighters and more equipment in action. When these fires happen where I live, and they happen more often than we’d like, there’s a large, coordinated response. Right now there are some big fires being fought in the Los Angeles area. I’m sure water-bombers are in action.

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  4. Canada lost two firefighters in a water bomber crash today in B.C. These fires are deadly. Lets hope no more lives are lost where fires are burning, in Russia, Canada, USA, or anywhere else.

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  5. See what, Johnstone? Whaaa are you speaking of? You win grand award for the Most E$tupido poster in recent memory. Congratulations… you are now FRIST! LOLZERZ!

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  6. In image 10 on page 2, the man pouring water directly to the flames from a milk tub would have had it last much longer and be more effective by having a birch whisk to dip in in and to use that to beat the burning ground vegetation. Though, to have a real effect, you’d need the other villagers there to do the same.

    Thats what people had before the fire brigades.

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  7. So sad scene, I feel really sorry for those people suffer from the fire, hope them stand for the last minute and recover soon

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  8. The death toll from fires in Russia tends to be much higher than for forest fires in Australia and California. Also there are often reports in the local press of people being left to cope with fires unaided by the authorities until homes have burnt to the ground.

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