GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation, 23 April 2001

Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

23 April 2001


Avialesookhrana from the National Forest Fire Centre of Russia provides up-to-date NOAA images for the whole of the Russian Federation and neighbour territories. The Space Monitoring Information Support Laboratory provides extensive links to sites with satellite imagery for the Russian Federation, meteorological information as well as fire related images are accessible.
The NOAA AVHRR satellite image composite of 23 April 2001 shows fire activities in the Russian Federation.

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NOAA 12 & 14 AVHRR composite of 23 April 2001, 01:53 GMT.
The red squares indicate regions of active fires. For details the GFMC readers are encouraged to
use the hyperlinks provided by Avialesookhrana, the Aerial Forest Fire Protection Service of the
Federal Forest service of Russia. (Source: Avialesookhrana cloudiness maps)

Daily, 10-days and Season Fire Activity Maps of Russia
The Institute for Solar Terrestrial Physics, Irkutsk, publishes daily fire observations (High-Temperature Events) depicted by the NOAA AVHRR sensor on the territory of the Russian federation and the neighbour territories of China and Mongolia (within the range of the receiving station). The institute provides daily fire occurrence summaries (today not available), 10-days fire summaries (accumulated fires during the last ten days, today not available) and a fire season total summary.

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Season summary
up to 17 April 2001

Daily Fire Occurrence and Fire Danger Maps of the Fire Laboratory of the Sukachev Institute of Forest, Krasnoyarsk
Selected fire occurrence maps, satellite images and a forest fire danger map are prepared daily by the Russian GFMC correspondent Dr. Anatoly Sukhinin, Fire Laboratory of the Sukachev Institute of Forest, Krasnoyarsk, in collaboration with the Emergency Situation Monitoring and Forecasting Agency, Krasnoyarsk branch. The maps are produced on the base of satellite data (classification by the NOAA AVHRR). They show the fire locations (by latitude and longitude) and the area affected by fire (red signature, size in ha). The red arrow at each fire location points to the nearest populated place. The terms Oblast or Krai used in the maps are designations of administrative regions. Updated fire danger maps are provided about two to three times per week.

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Map legend

Coverage map showing
regional boundaries

18 April 2001:

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Altai Krai – Altai Krai

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Republic of Gorni Altai

Latest News on the Reorganization of the Forest and Forest Fire Service of Russia, from the Russian Environmental Digest (REDfiles by Transboundary Environmental Information Agency)
REDfiles is a compilation of the week’s major English-language press on environmental issues in Russia. This news is from the REDfiles.

  1. World Bank Freezes $60 Million Loan for Russia’s Forest Projects (Interfax Russian News, 12 July 2000)
  2. Environmentalists Denounce World Bank Forestry Loan to Russia (Agence France Presse, 12 July 2000)
  3. Environmentalists Urge World Bank to Stop Lending to Russia (Bloomberg, 11 July 2000)
  4. World Bank Loans Raise Ire of Russian Environmentalists (Press Release of Pacific Environment and Resources Center, 11 July 2000)
  5. Huge Increase in Illegal Logging this Year (BBC, 14 July 2000 )
  6. Prominent Russian Culture Figures Call on Authorities to Restore Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Interfax News Agency, 19 July 2000)
  7. Environmentalists sue Over Russian President’s Decree (United Press International, 22 August 2000)
  8. World Bank to Release $ 60 Million Forest Loan in Russia (Interfax News Agency, 31 August 2000)
  9. CEE Bankwatch Network and Pacific Environment and Resources Center (World Bank, 21 September 2000)
  10. World Bank Approved Loan To Abolished Unit Russian Forest Service Funding (Financial Times, London, 27 September 2000)
  11. State Forest Service to Manage Russian Forests as part of Natural Resources Ministry (Interfax Russian News, 4 October 2000)
  12. Forestry Cooperation with China (British Broadcasting Corporation, 6 October 2000)
  13. Two And Half Million Russians Back Environmental Protection Referendum (Interfax Russian News, 27 October 2000)

Earlier comments on the reorganisation of the Federal Forest Service of Russia and the consequences on forest fire protection capabilities were released by the BALTEX FIRE 2000 (6 June 2000 and 7 June 2000) and the GFMC statement  The Future of Forest Fire Protection in Russia. Latest news from Moscow indicate that final decisions on the fate of former Federal Forest Service personnel will be made next week. A decision about the future of Avialesookhrana is not expected before the end of the current, sever fire season.

The translated wording of the the resolution (decree) of the Russian government concerning the abolishment of the State Forest Committee has been made public (non-official translation). Additionally two translated articles from Lesnaja Gazeta (Forestry Gazette) of 15 July 2000 are of interest.

For more details on fire in the Russian Federation, Mongolia and China: See IFFN Country Notes. Scientific details on fire in the Russian Federation are provided by the Fire Research Campaign Asia-North (FIRESCAN) report.

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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