RUSSIA - August, 2019 It is early August 2019 and Russia is on fire. Forest fires are a natural phenomenon, necessary for the health of the forest. But the scale on which the forest is currently burning is abnormal: up to now, an area around twice the size of the Netherlands has gone up in flames, and it is still burning. Aviales is the Russian service responsible for putting out fires from the air in areas that the fire service cannot access with trucks, the so-called ‘control zones’. These are remote areas where fires -- according to the government -- cannot do any ‘economic’ damage and are in principle not extinguished, unless things get out of hand.