Fires in Kazakhstan

 Fires in Kazakhstan

17 June 2005

GFMC analysis: According to the Remote SensingLaboratory of the Sukachev Institute for Forest in Krasnoyarsk (RussianFederation) the total land area affected by fire in Kazakhstan in the 2005 fireseason is 413 840 ha (16 October 2004).

Latest satellite scene from NASA´s Earthobservatory: 

15 June 2005

In central Kazakhstan, an extremely continental climate creates vast grasslands that in this part of the world are called steppes. Continental climates are generally dry and have great temperature extremes between winter and summer. In this part of Kazakhstan, winters are cold and short, and summers are long, hot, and dry. In the summer, the possibility of out-of-control fires is high, due to both lightning and human activities, such as intentional pasture fires that escape.
This Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) image from June 15, 2005, shows several large fires burning in the steppes to the west of Lake Balkhash. Fire locations that MODIS detected are marked in red. Whether these fires are intentional, accidental, or natural is something MODIS cannot determine. Regardless of their origin, reports from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, these grassland fires cause considerable damage each year to hay and cereal crop production in the region.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, Earth Observatory, using data obtained from the MODIS Rapid Response team.

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, please note the extreme FWI for Kazakhstan.

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