Wildfires – Siberia
The terror of raging wildfires in northern Russia saw desperate Arctic villagers evacuating by boat to escape 35ft flames and choking smoke. Panicking residents in remote Svatay fled on the Alazeya River when they feared their settlement would be destroyed.
The village is 140 miles above the Arctic Circle and has been encircled by fires for weeks, culminating in the exodus when locals felt their lives in danger. The infernos fuelled by high winds have wiped out ancient trees, and roasted alive wildlife including sables and rare birds.