“If we don’t have the forest, we don’t have life,” said Maria Nogovitsina, a retired kindergarten director in the village of Magaras, population of about 1,000, 60 miles outside Yakutsk.
As many villagers have done recently, Ms. Nogovitsina made an offering to the earth to keep the fires away: She tore up a few Russian-style pancakes and sprinkled the ground with fermented milk.
“Nature is angry at us,” she said."
Troianovski, Anton, 2021. "As Frozen Land Burns, Siberia Fears: 'if we don't have the forest, we don't have life.'" The New York Times. July 17, 2021.