GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

Forest Fires  in the Russian Federation  

25 July 2005

GFMC analysis: According to the latest satellite-derived analysis provided by the Sukachev Institute  for Forest (Krasnoyarsk) the total area burned by 24 July 2005  in the Russian Federation is 6 848 056  hectares (ha).
Note: The area burned includes all vegetation types (forest and non-forested land on the whole territory of the Russian Federation). For current fire statistics on forest lands of the Federal Russian Forest Fund compiled by Avialesookhrana see report below.

Latest satellite scenes from fires burning across the Western Siberian Lowlands:

Across the Western Siberian Lowlands, the Yenissey River is heading northward for several hundred kilometres before emptying into the Arctic Ocean via the Kara Sea. In the area between the rivers Ob and Yenissey the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite detected numerous fires (marked in red) burning in the region’s boreal forests on 24 July  2005.

24 July 2005
06:25 hrs UTC

(Image courtesy MODIS)
True colour: Bands 1-4-3

False colour: Bands 7-2-1

The links provide a 500m resolution for both scenes

Synoptic weather map for 25 July 2005 for the Russian Federation:

Source: Sukachev Institute for Forest, Krasnoyarsk

 Fire danger map for 24 July 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 (25 July 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), 25 July 2005

According to the wildfire situation report of July 24, 2005 of the Federal Forest Agency of Russia a total of 113 fires affected 374 ha forested land, 37 fires of them were reported as new fires. In addition 11 fires occurred that were put out the same day they have started.

Since the beginning of the 2005 fire season a total of 8,083 fires affected 164,642 ha forested and 50,194 ha non-forested land of the Federal Forest Agency. (For comparison: Last year up to this date 18,115 fires have burnt 341,330 ha forested and 74,982 ha non-forested land.)

Most fires have been reported in the following regions:

  • Komi Republic-25

  • Arkhangelsk obl. -10

  • Irkutsk-13

  • Khanti Mansisk-32

There are large fires in following regions:

  • Primorski krai 5 fires, burning area 1,765 ha;

  • Jakutia – 1 fire, area burning 4,000 ha forested, 6,000 non forested;

  • Komi Republic-3 fires, area burning 310 ha;

  • Irkutsk-4 fires, burning on 191 ha.

Through all of Russia 855 people, 38 aircraft, 67 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  24 July 2005 (selection)

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Khanty-Mansiyskiy a.o. Krasnoyarskiy kray Yamalo-Nenetskiy a.o.

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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