GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation, 15 June 2001

Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

15  June 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 14 June 2001 shows fire activities in the Russian Federation.

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NOAA 12 & 14 AVHRR composite of 14 June 2001, 12:00 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)

According to the situation report of the Ministry of Natural Resources of 7 June 2001 a total of 186 fires affected 1,011 ha forested and 62 ha non-forested areas. Since the beginning of the 2001 fire season a total of 8,169 fires affected 110,761 ha forested and 60,798 ha non-forested land. Highest fire activities on 7 June occurred in Irkutsk. There were 9 large fires in Irkutsk region (the largest is 1,055 ha). Two large fires burned in Altay Region (1,006 ha and 16,550 ha). The last fire started in the Altay State Preserve on 28 May 2001. On 3 June it had spread to 1,000 ha. Strong winds on 4 June blew up the fires which spread over 16,200 ha, of which 13,000 ha burned as crown fire. Yesterday the fire could not be observed due to low clouds and fire activity slowing down.
(SOURCE: Yevgheny Shuktomov, Aerial Forest Fire Protection ServiceAvialesookhrana )


For more background information on the Russian Federation see: Recent Media Highlights on Fire, Policies, and Politics

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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