By Johnny Tickle
July 1, 2021
Videos posted online show how the road is covered in flames, with smoke causing very limited visibility. Earlier in the week, local authorities revealed that they would artificially induce rain to fight against the wildfires. Around 69,000 hectares of wild land were reported to be ablaze.
Constructed during the Soviet era, the Road of Bones was built using forced Gulag labor, and its construction caused the deaths of thousands of prisoners. It is the only road connecting much of the region.
The section engulfed in flames is in Yakutia’s Tattinsky district, a five-hour drive east from the region’s capital Yakutsk.