Current forest fires in the Russian Federation

Forest Fires in the Russian Federation  

21 May 2014

This image, captured in 18 May 2014 by theModerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard the Terra satellite, shows fires on Russia’s Irktusk region fanned by strong winds, by the North-West Baikal Lake. Massive plumes of smoke can be seen drifting North, and some pyrocumulus white clouds can be identified billowing over the gray smoke.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory (selected and interpreted by GFMC)

Firein Shestaki Zheleznogorsk (Irkutsk region):

Recent Media Reports on Fires in the Russian Federation: Note: The hyperlinks on the left side of each news are password-protected (User ID and password to enter the GFMC database are available for partners of GFMC. To obtain the ID and password, please send your query to The links on the right side (in brackets) are leading to the original news source; sometimes these news are expiring rather swiftly – a reason for the establishment of the internal GFMC database):

For more reports see GFMC Media page:

GFMC Condolence Letters
The GFMC has submitted condolence letters to the families and authorities of the foresters who died in the extreme fires during the last days

New Book Publication on the Use of Prescribed Fire in the Russian Federation (published May 2013)

Background on Wildland Fires in the Russian Federation

Bibliography on fire in ecosystems of boreal Eurasia
One of the results of the first international fire science conference in the Russian Federation (1993) was the publication of a monograph on fire in boreal Eurasia, including some selected contributions on boreal North America. The literature cited in the monograph contains numerous publications which in many cases are not easily accessible. To facilitate literature search the bibliographical sources are provided by topic (chapter).
Goldammer, J.G. and V.V. Furyaev. 1996. Fire in Ecosystems of Boreal Eurasia. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 390 p.

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