Russian Federation: 22 May 1999

Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

22 May 1999


Two NOAA AVHRR satellite images of 19 May 1998 show fire activities in eastern and south-central Russia near the border to Mongolia.

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Fig.1. and 2. NOAA images of the forest fires in eastern and south-central Russia of 19 May 1999 (no new update available)
(Source: NOAA http://www.osei.noaa.gov/)

Figure1 shows heat signatures and smoke plumes (difficult to distinguish from cloud cover) from areas of fire burning in eastern Russia. Burn scars are visible on the island of Sakhalin. This region was seriously impacted by fires throughout the summer months of 1998.

The right satalitte image shows hot spots and smoke plumes from areas of fire burning in south-central Russia north of the border with Mongolia.

The Aerial Forest Fire Protection Service Avialesookhrana of the Federal Forest Service of Russia reports the state of fire in the 1999 fire season:

Up to 20 May 1999 a total of 5,191 fires occurred in forests under the control of the Federal Forest Service of Russia, burning a total of 79,720 ha of forest and 53,061 ha non-forest areas (inside forest lands). During the day of 20 May 1999 a total of 259 fires were burning and affected 4,549 ha forest and 2802 ha of non-forest land.
The regions with highest fire activity on 20 May were:

Khabarovsk region – 31 fires -184 ha
Krasnoyarsk region- 31 fires – 352 ha
Irkutsk region -85 fires -1593 ha
Chita region -23 fires-469 ha
Iakutiya- 15 fires -1017 ha
Amursk region 17 fires- 436 ha

There are some large fires in Irkutsk, and South of Krasnoyarsk regions. For instance there eight large fires burned in Irkutsk region on Federal Forest lands with sizes from 200 to 500 ha and five fires on agricultural forest with sizes from 30 to 450 ha.

The Avialesookhrana homepage from the National Forest Fire Centre of Russia provides up-to-date NOAA images for the whole of the Russian Federation at http://smis.iki.rssi.ru/dataserv/engl/index.html.

This web site of 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.

See also the Russian Federation IFFN Country Notes.


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