GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

Forest Fires  in the Russian Federation  

24 June 2005

GFMC analysis: According to the latest satellite-derived analysis the total area burned by 23 June 2005  in the Russian Federation is 5 606 157  hectares (ha).

Synoptic weather map for 22 June 2005 for the Russian Federation:

Source: Sukachev Institute for Forest, Krasnoyarsk

 Fire danger map for 21 June 2005 for Eastern Siberia:

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 (20 June 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), 23 June 2005

According to the wildfire situation report of June 23, 2005 of the Federal Forest Agency of Russia a total of 82 fires affected 2,340 ha forested and 290 ha non forested lands , 20 fires of them were reported as new fires. In addition 20 fires occurred that were put out the same day they have started.

Since the beginning of the 2005 fire season a total of 5,841 fires affected 67,051 ha forested and 23,717 ha non-forested lands of the Federal Forest Agency. (For comparison: Last year up to this date 14,287 fires have burnt 253,849 ha forested and 68,062 ha non-forested lands.)

Most fires have been reported in the following regions:

  • Khabarovsk-16

  • Karelia-17

  • Arkhangelsk-10

  • Murmansk -8

There are large fires in following regions:
Murmansk – 3 fires, total area burning on 880 ha;
Primorski krai 2 fires, burning area 700 ha;
Khabarovsk 2 fires, burning area 1580 ha;

On one of this large fires in Khabarovsk it was a fatality today. One fire fighter of ground forces could not escape from a crown fire. Investigation process is on.

Through all of Russia 731 people, 29 aircraft, 75 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:

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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Latest maps maps showing fire activities of  23 June 2005 (selection)

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More maps of other regions are available on request:

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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