GFMC analysis: According to the latest satellite-derived analysis provided by the Sukachev Institute for Forest (Krasnoyarsk) the total area burned by 27 April in Mongolia is 297 954 hectares (ha).
Large fires were detected by the Information and Computer Center (ICC) on 23 April 2006 on the base of satellite data (classification by the NOAA AVHRR). The following images show a time series of the developing fires burning in the foothills of the mountains that separate Russia (north) from Mongolia (south).
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(source: Information and Computer Center)
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASAs Terra satellite captured this image of the fires. This is a false-color image, and unburned vegetation appears bright green, clouds appear light blue.Actively burning areas are outlined in red and their accompanying large burn scars (magenta) appear as large splotches in the center of the image. To the northeast, ice-covered Lake Baikal appears light blue. To the southeast, a burn scar more than 50 kilometers across darkens the light tan landscape.