GFMC analysis: According to the latest satellite-derived analysis provided by the Sukachev Institute for Forest (Krasnoyarsk) the total area burned by 11 October in the Russian Federation is 10 391 759 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 MODIS scene:
10 October 2005
9:25 hrs UTC
(Image courtesy MODIS)
click on scene for a 250 m resolution
Fires in Russia’s Far East
Extended bog fires (marked in red) are burning along railroads and inhabited areas in the Far East of the Russian Federation. Dry autumn weather favours deep burning peat fires and grassland fires in the region that are producing a smoke plume which can betraced as far as east of Sakhalin, the Sea of Okhotsk and the Kuril Islands. Most of the fires are caused by railway workers, especially near Litovko railway station. The smoke plumes have severely affected the city of Komsomolsk.
This image of the fires was captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Aqua satellite.
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 (12 October 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 September 2005
According to the wildfire situation report of September 22, 2005 of the Federal Forest Agency of Russia a total of 28 fires affected 56 ha forested and 33 ha non forested lands. 6 fires of them were reported as new fires. In addition 29 fires occurred that were put out the same day they have started.
Since the beginning of the 2005 fire season a total of 12,936 fires affected 318,151 ha forested and 90,273 ha non-forested lands of the Federal Forest Agency. (For comparison: Last year up to this date 21290 fires have burnt 400,661 ha forested and 78,960 ha non-forested lands.)
14 fires of them have been reported in Nizni Novgorod regions:
Through all of Russia 377 people, 6 aircraft, 87 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 11 October 2005 (selection)
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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.