Past human errors to blame for Russia’s peat fires

New York Times: For two weeks, soldiers with chain saws felled every tree in sight. Firefighters laid down a pipe to a nearby lake and pumped 100 gallons of water every minute, around the clock, until the surface of what is known as Fire No. 3 was a muddy expanse of charred stumps. And still the fire burned on. Under the surface, fire crept through a virtually impenetrable peat bog, spewing the smoke that – until the wind shifted on Thursday, providing what meteorologists said was ......

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