Current forest fires in the Russian Federation

Forest Fires in the Russian Federation  

12 April 2015

Several smoky fires burned in Zabaikalsky Territory on 14 April 2015, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite acquired this image. The fires are outlined in red. Several dark burn scars are visible through the smoke.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory

Images of the fires ravaging Siberian region – 15 April 2015 (published by The Washington Post)

A man looks downhill at the settlement of Shyra, damaged by recent wildfires, in the Khakassia region.
Source:  Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Burnt vehicles are seen in Shyra.
Source: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters

Family members walk past the debris of destroyed buildings.
Source: Ilya Naymushin/Reuters


Dashcamera of a vehicle driving through an area under severe fire conditions (Video: 17 April 2015)


Russian farmers routinely set fire to dry grass to clean fields after the winter, sometimes accidentally sparking blazes that result in loss of life and damage to homes.
During the first weeks of April 2015, grassfires have ravaged across the Siberian regions of Russia, killing 26 people and injuring almos a thousand.
The combination of temperatures reaching 25°C and high winds have fueled the fires that have destroyed buildings and killed livestock.
In 2010, during Russia’s worst heatwave in decades, smoke from wildfires and burning peat bogs in central Russia choked Moscow for several days.


Video showing part of the catastrophic fires in Russia, recorded by an eyewitness (Video: Julia Sergeeva)



5 April 2015

9 April 2015

12 April 2015

13 April 2015

Accumulated maps of thermoactive (burnt area) zones in Central Regions of Russia.
5 – 13 April, 2015

More maps of other regions are available on request:


This image, captured on 14 April 2015 by theModerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard the Terra satellite, shows fires on the Russian regions of Buryatia, Chita
and Amur. The active fires appear as red dots. A large smoke plume can be spotted surrounding the whole region.

Source: Nasa Earth Observatory (image edited and interpreted by GFMC)

Image, captured on 13 April 2015 by theModerate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard the Terra satellite, showing fires on Siberia, Russia. The right picture is the same as the left one on false color, showing the burn scars of the fires in red-brown. The active fires appear as red dots.
Source: Nasa Earth Observatory (image edited and interpreted by GFMC)


WildlandFire relatednews from the Media: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). 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 media reports see GFMC Media page:

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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