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A gigantic forest fire threatens Russia’s new spaceport under construction in Vostochny.
[Spaceport construction chief Konstantin] Chmarov reportedly characterized the fire-fighting effort in the region as “chaos.” Fueled by hot weather and strong winds, the fire approached the airport in Svobodny and was also moving toward Vostochny. In the meantime, satellite images showed heavy smoke blanketing the future space center.
The Putin government has been giving the completion of this spaceport a high priority. Having it burn down before completion is not what they want.