GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

10 December 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 10 December 2001 shows fire activities in the Russian Federation.

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NOAA 12 & 14 AVHRR composite of 10 December 2001, 02:36 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 28 October 2001 a total of 12 fires affected 147 ha forested and 274 ha non-forested areas. Since the beginning of the 2001 fire season a total of 19,728 fires affected 766,459 ha forested and 462,897 ha non-forested land. Highest fire activities on October 28 occurred in Khabarovski Krai: 5 fires burning 66 ha forested and 220 ha non forested land; Yevreiski Autonomous Ocrug (Jewish autonomous region nearby Khabarovski Krai)- 6 fires burning 64 ha forested and 54 ha non forested area.
(Source: A. Eritsov, Aerial Forest Fire Protection Service Avialesookhrana)

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

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Figure 1. Example of the Eurasian Experimental Fire Weather Information System:
The Experimental Fire Weather Index (FWI) for Russia and neighbouringcountries, 9 December 2001.

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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