GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

02 Oktober 2002


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.

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Latest NOAA 12&14 AVHRR composite
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)

Latest fire situation report by Andrey Eritsov, Aerial Forest Fire Protection Service of Russia (Avialesookhrana), 18 September 2002:

“According to the situation report of the Ministry of Natural Resources of 16 September 2002 a total of 523 fires affected 1727 ha forested and 856 ha non-forested areas. In addition 125 fires were put out the same day they have started. Since the beginning of the 2002 fire season a total of 34,131 fires affected 1,001652 ha forested and 445,034 ha non-forested land.Highest fire activities were in Moskovskaya oblast (168 fires, 18 ha); Novgorodskaya oblast (93 fires, 16 ha); Yaroslavskaya oblast (41 fires, 35 ha).

Most of these fires are peat fires and burning so deep that suppression operations are extremely difficult. The areas in which the fires are burning are covered by thick smoke. Today in Moscow region the visibility is 500-1000 meters.
Throughout Russia a total of 4,928 people, 9 aircraft, 1,095 bulldozers, tractors and engines have been involved in fire fighting.”

Source: Aerial Forest Fire Protection Service of Russia (Avialesookhrana)

For more information on the recent fire situation in Russia see: Recent Media Highlights on Fire, Policies, and Politics.


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:
https://gfmc.online/fwf/eurasia1.htm

Example of the Eurasian Experimental Fire Weather Information System:
Latest map of the Experimental Fire Weather Index (FWI) for Russia and neighbouring countries

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 Kray used in the maps are designations of administrative regions. A map showing the boundaries ofadministrative regions and a legend is included below.

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Map legend

Administrative boundaries

Overview map showing large fire locations detected over the last 10 days

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Overview

Latest maps maps showing fire activities (selection)

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Amurskaya Oblast

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Amurskaya Oblast

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Kazakhstan

Buryatia Republic

Chitinskaya Oblast

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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