GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

07 April 2003

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 the Aerial Forest Fire Protection Service of Russia (Avialesookhrana), 06 April 2003:

Fire activities for last week have been growing up in Chita, Amur, South of Khabarovsk regions. There are lot of agricultural burnings there. Most of them on agricultural and municipal lands. Thus, Avialesookhrana does not have statistics on it, even though there are lot of “Hot spots” on those territories on Satellite images.

The fire danger class in these regions is 3 (the highest is 5), and there are strong winds.

According to the situation report of the Ministry of Natural Resources of 6 April 2003 a total of 125 fires affected 1,330 ha forested and 3,087 ha non-forested areas. In addition 6 fires occurred that were put out the same day when they started.

Since the beginning of the 2003 fire season for Ministry of Natural Resources a total of 444 fires affected 8,038 ha forested and 7,005 ha non-forested land. (For comparison: Last year up to this date 288 fires had been recorded, affecting 1105 ha forested and 1199 ha non-forested lands.)

Most fires have been reported in the following regions:

Chita – 94 fires

Amur – 12 fires

Khabarovsk -12 fires

Buriatia – 6 fires

Primorie – 4 fires

17 fires in Chita region were reported as large fires, the largest was 280 ha. One large fire occurred in Primorie.

Through all of Russia on fire fighting have been involved 1506 people, 7 aircraft, 252 bulldozers, tractors and engines.

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:

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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Latest maps maps showing fire activities (selection)

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Buryatlya Republic Buryatlya Republic Primorskiy Kray

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Khabarovsky Kray Khabarovsky Kray Evreyskaya a. Oblast

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Chitinskaya Oblast Chitinskaya Oblast Chitinskaya Oblast

For more details on fire in the Russian Federation:


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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