GFMC analysis: According to the latest satellite-derived analysis the total area burned by 12 May 2005 in the Russian Federation is 4 412 037 hectares (ha).
Latest satellite images
Fires in Southern Russia On the plains to the northwest of southern Russias Lake Baikal, a swath of fires was burning on May 7, 2005. In this image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite, Lake Baikal appears near the lower right edge, still mostly ice covered except for a small crack in the center. Locations where MODIS detected actively burning fires are marked in red. West of the lake, the Sayan Mountain Range is still covered in snow.
The widespread nature of the fires, their location, and the time of year suggest these are agricultural fires being used to clear and renew pasture or farmland. While they are not necessarily immediately hazardous, such fires can have a strong impact on weather, climate, human health, and natural resources.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the MODIS Rapid Response team.
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.
Latest (13 May 2005 03:00 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), 04 May 2005
According to the situation report of the Ministry of Natural Resources of 04 May 2005 a total of 25 fires affected 938 ha forested and 4 ha non forested lands, 15 fires of them were reported as a new fires. In addition 31 fires occurred that were put out the same day when they started.
Since the beginning of the 2005 fire season a total of 883 fires affected 12 893 ha forested and 2 580 ha non-forested land under the responsibility of the Ministry of Natural Resources. (For comparison: Last year up to this date 2 629 fires had burnt 19 088 ha forested and 7 212 ha non-forested lands.)
Most fires have been reported in the following regions:
Through all of Russia 842 people, 6 aircraft, 184 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.
Overview map showing large fire locations detected over the last 10 days
Latest maps maps showing fire activities of 12 May 2005 (selection)
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Novosibirskaya Oblast Omskaya Oblast Omskaya Oblast
More maps of other regions are available on request: email@example.com
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.