Zombie Fires Continue in Siberia

February 9, 2021

Another Feedback? Zombie fires continue to burn in Siberia.

Siberian Times:

The latest sighting of winter – zombie – fires was recorded on 23 January by the village of Saydy in the Tomponsky district of Yakutia, some 400km north-east of the republic’s capital Yakutsk. 

Local man Ivan Zakharov who filmed the fire at -50C told The Siberian Times: ‘It is burning near the area hit by last summer’s wildfires.

‘This area suffered extremely hot and dry weather. It must be either peat on fire here, or, as some hunters who noticed these fires suggest, possibly young coal (lignite).’

A much bigger burning area was filmed higher up north from Saydy by the village of Udarnik, also badly hit by wildfires last summer.

‘The fire is burning in the area close to the village of Udarnik. The summer fire didn’t stop.

‘The filming was made in November, but as the local tell us, several fires are still active’, reported Tomponsky Vestnik newspaper that shared the video. 

3 Responses to “Zombie Fires Continue in Siberia”

  1. dumboldguy Says:

    Never thought I’d live to see fires burning under snow.

  2. Brent Jensen-Schmidt Says:

    Bloody hell, and other colloquialisms.

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Ooh, Wikipedia lists them as a holdover fire, zombie fire or overwintering fire.

    It happens in warm places, too, like the Indonesian fires of 1997 triggered by forest clearing. The deep underlying peat heated and dried enough to continue smoldering, and some have continued to burn for decades.


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