Forest Fires in the Baltic Region

Forest Fires in the Baltic Region

(Daily updated during the fire season)

1. Daily forest fire monitoring during the fire season
During the forest fire season the Finnish Meteorological Institute provides a daily fire map containing the automatically detected candidates of wildfires (High-Temperature Events – HTE’s) over Finland and its neighbouring regions. Note: Since this is the automatically generated map of fires, it might contain also other irregular high-temperature events or detection errors. This map is explained in detail by the Technical Research Center of Finland (VTT) and is accessible at:

Note: HTE’s detected over Denmark represent agricultural burning activities (straw residue burning is a common practice in Denmark during the summer season)

2. National to Regional Fire Danger Rating Systems
Early warning system for forest fires and other wildland fires can befound on the GFMC web page Global, Regional and National Fire Weather and Climate Forecasts or directly at:

3. Additional Information on Forest Fires in the Baltic Region
Between 1998 and 2000 a regional initiative in forest fire research, management and development has been established in the Baltic Region. By definition the region includes all nations bordering the Baltic Sea, i.e., Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden. The FAO/ECE Team of Specialists on Forest Fire is promoting a cooperative approach of the nations bordering the Baltic Basin to share fire management expertise and resources. It is proposed to set up pan-Baltic programs and exchange mechanisms encompassing fire research, fire management training, the use of prescribed fire (in forestry, nature conservation, and landscape management), and mutual fire emergency assistance. For detailed information on recent developments: See report of BALTEX FIRE 2000.

See also archive of country reports published in International Forest Fire News on this GFMC Website:

The most recent IFFN Special Issue on the Baltic Region is found in IFFN No. 24 at


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