GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation, 16 July 2001

Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

16 July 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 16 July 2001 shows fire activities in the Russian Federation.

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NOAA 12 & 14 AVHRR composite of 16 July 2001, 02:24 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 1 July 2001 a total of 100 fires affected 2,223 ha forested and 100 ha
non-forested areas. Since the beginning of the 2001 fire season a total of 10708 fires affected 180,721 ha forested and 80,966 ha non-forested land.
Highest fire activities on 1 July occurred in Iakuteia (18 fires), Chita -14, Altay –13. There were 7 large fires in Chita region (the largest is 1,750 ha),
but the most of them is contained. 5 large fires were going on in Iakuteia. The largest is 1100 ha.
However it is too quiet with fires up to this time of fire season in Russia.

(SOURCE: Yevgheny Shuktomov, Aerial Forest Fire Protection ServiceAvialesookhrana )

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

15 July 2001:

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Aginsko-Buryatski Autonomous Region Amurskaia Oblast Buryatia Republic

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Irkutskaia Oblast Irkutskaia Oblast Republic of Yakutia

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Republic of Yakutia Republic of Yakutia Republic of Yakutia

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Republic of Yakutia Republic of Yakutia

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.

Near-real time satellite images
Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI)
The following significant events were identified by Satellite Analysis Branch meteorologists and reviewed by the OSEI support team of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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NESDIS/OSEI NOAA-14 POES AVHRR LAC satellite images, 13 July 2001.
Heat signatures (red) and smoke (light blue haze) are visible from fires burning in Eastern Russia.
The blurriness is due to the image being towards the edge of the satellite pass.
(Source: OSEI/NOAA)

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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