GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

Forest Fires  in the Russian Federation  

16 June 2004


GFMC analysis: According to the latest satellite-derived analysis the total area burned by 15 June 2004  in the Russian Federation is 4 108 304  hectares (ha).

Synoptic weather map for 16 June 2004 for the Russian Federation.

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 Source: Sukachev Institute for Forest, Krasnoyarsk

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 (16 June  04:00 GMT) NOAA 12&14 AVHRR composite
The red squares indicate regions of active fires (MODIS Detection). 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), 10 June 2004

According to the situation report of the Ministry of Natural Resources of  June 10, 2004 a total of 160 fires affected 4,577 ha forested and 202 ha non-forested areas, 59 fires of them were reported as new fires. In addition  39 fires occurred that were put out the same day when they started. Since the beginning of the 2004 fire season a total of 13,381 fires affected 229,183 ha forested and 66,902 ha non-forested land under the responsibility of the Ministry of Natural Resources. (For comparison: Last year up to this date 14,416 fires had burnt 1,079,553 ha forested and 375,224 ha non-forested lands.)

Most fires have been reported in the following regions:

  • Krasnoyarsk-32
  • Irkutsk-35
  • Novosibirsk -11
  • Tomsk-18
  • Chita -31
  • Khabarovsk-17

Large fires were reported in:

Krasnoyarsk – 4  fires,  14,450 ha, the biggest -8,500 ha.
Chita-5 fires, 1,637 ha; the biggest – 750 ha.
Irkutsk- 6 fires,  1,150 ha, the biggest – 300 ha.Krasnoyarsk 10  fires,  11,980 ha, the biggest -7,200 ha.

Through all of Russia 2,318 people, 50 aircraft, 339 bulldozers, tractors and engines have been involved in fire fighting.

Source: Aerial Forest Fire Protection Service of Russia (Avialesookhrana) , prepared for GFMC by Andrey M. Eritsov

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 of administrative 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 of  15 June 2004 (selection)

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Respublika Buryatiya Respublika Buryatiya Irkutskaya Oblast

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Krasnoyarskiy Kray

More maps of other regions are available on request: info@gfmc.org

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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