Russian Federation: 28 June 1999

Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

28 June 1999

The NOAA AVHRR satellite image of 28 June 1999 shows fire activities in eastern Russia.

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Fig.1. This NOAA AVHRR composite of 28 June 1999 was generated at 01:46 GMT and used for this composite the satellite NOAA 12 and 14 between 20:52 GMT (26/06/99) and 01:46 GMT (28/06/99). The red squares indicate regions of active fires.
(Source:  The satellite maps containing fire information are found under “Cloudiness Maps” at

For details (enlargements, other scenes produced earlier or later) the GFMC readers are encouraged to click on the hyperlinks provided by the Avialesookhrana website. 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 . The 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.

The Aerial Forest Fire Protection Service Avialesookhrana of the Federal Forest Service of Russia reports the state of fire in the 1999 fire season to the GFMC. The latest report is from two days ago:

Up to 22 June 1999 a total of 12,273 fires occurred in forests under the control of the Federal Forest Service of Russia, burning a total of 253,730 ha of forest and 136,883 ha non-forest areas (inside forest lands). For all agencies a total of 13,110 fires burned 279,049 ha forest and 198,921 ha non-forest areas.

During the day of 22 June 1999 a total of 244 fires were burning and affected 1,977 ha forest and 747 ha of non-forest land.

The regions with the highest fire activity on 22 June were:

Yakutia region – 41 fires -761 ha (both forest and non-forest areas)
Buriatia region – 25 fires – 135 ha
Irkutsk region – 31 fires – 438 ha
Chita region – 22 fires – 154 ha
Amursk region – 19 fires – 332 ha

There are some large fires (>200 ha) in Yakutia, Buriatia, Magadan, Chita, Irkutsk, totalling 22.

The National Forest Fire Center of Russia AVIALESOOKHRANA realizes forest and deer pasture fire control on a territory of more than 800 million ha. The structure of Avialesookhrana includes 21 Regional Forest Fire Centers (aviation bases), two independent subdivisions, uniform clothes factory and the Vladimir state aviation company. Avialesookhrana rents annually from the Civil aviation companies 600 aircraft and has its own aviation park consisting of 60 aircraft including fixedwing planes and helicopters, 20 from them are airtankers and airscoopers. The staff of Avialesookhrana consists of highly skilled specialists: 520 pilot-observes, 4500 smokejumpers and helirappellers as well as more than 2,300 other specialists.

The average number of fires occurs annually are 15000-30000. With the help of aviation are detected about 85% and put out more than 60% of total fires in Russian forests.

For more details on fire in the Russian Federation: 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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