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 shows fire activities in the Russian Federation.
NOAA 12 & 14 AVHRR composite of 31 July 2002.
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)
UPDATE – Forest fires blanket Moscow in smog Source: ABC News, 31 July 2002
“Muscovites awoke on Wednesday to find their city covered in smog with the smell of burning from wildfires raging outside the Russian capital.
A slight easterly wind pushed the smoke toward the city, as far as the centre, but was not strong enough to disperse it, said meteorological experts quoted by Moscow Echo radio. Moscow media said the smoke posed a health risk to residents of the city.
The authorities have identified 76 separate wildfires in the Moscow region, which has been affected for several weeks by a heatwave, Moscow Echo radio reported.
According to the emergencies ministry, the surface area of forest on fire around Moscow has risen sharply in the past 24 hours, reaching 260 acres, ITAR-TASS reported. Helicopters have joined in efforts to put out the forest fires, of which the two most severe are the Shatura region, east of Moscow.Forest fires blanket Moscow in smog.”
Eurasian Experimental Fire Weather Information System The system has been developed by forest fire researchers from Canada, Russia and Germany is displayed on this website starting 18 July 2001. Complete information and a set of daily fire weather and fire behaviour potential maps covering Eurasia (the Baltic Region, Eastern Europe, countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Mongolia) can be accessed at: http://www.uni-freiburg.de/fireglobe/fwf/eurasia.htm
Example of the Eurasian Experimental Fire Weather Information System:
The Experimental Fire Weather Index (FWI) for Russia and neighbouringcountries, 30 July 2002.
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. A map showing the boundaries ofadministrative regions and a legend is included below.
Overview map showing large fire locations covering the10-days period 21 July to 31 July 2002:
Selected maps showing fire activities on 31 July 2002
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.