The severe drought in Russia is thought to be the country's worst in 130 years. Most of the damage to the wheat crop has been caused by the drought, but now wildfires are sweeping farmlands in western Russia. Troubles with wheat crops aren't confined to that part of the world. Heavy rains during the planting season destroyed much of Canada's crop. The Canadian Wheat Board, the marketing agency for the country's farmers, is forecasting a 35 percent drop in the harvest.
A ribbon of smoke snaked east across western Canada on August 2, 2010, clouding skies over Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and the Hudson Bay. On August 2, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Center reported 1,015 fires burning in Canada, most of which were ignited by lightning.