Fires in Russia

Fires in Russian Federation

11 March 2008


Fires North of Amur River, Russia

Agricultural spring fires and carelessly abandoned camp /barbecue fires from last weekend’s celebrations have been run out of control onthe territories North of the Amur River along the Russia-China border. The Moderate ResolutionImaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onNASA’s Aqua satellite captured this imageon 8 March 2008. Thewinter-barren land in the river valley is tan, but burned areas are deep brown.The surrounding forests are deep green and mingled with patches of snow.

AQUA
10 March 2008


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(source: earth observatory)

The enlarged fire map shows examples of fires burning in the meandering
riversystems – places that are visited for leisure during weekends.
Unattendedcampfires and barbecue fires are the cause of widespread wildfires.
(source: http://maps.geog.umd.edu)

This MODIS Aqua satellite scene of 11 March 2008 captured
the fire smoke drifting from Russia’s Far East to Japan.
(source: NASA)


This TOMS Aerosol Index map of 11 March 2008 from
the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) provides today’s
aerosol conditions of the areas.
(source: NASA GSFC)

Visual impressions:

Thephotographs taken by the Pacific Forest Forum today (11 March 2008) show severe fire smoke pollution in the Khabarovsk urban area:

Aerialviews of burned areas in Khabarovsk Krai – Impressionsof a post-fire survey (at the Third Meeting of the RegionalNortheast Asia Wildland Fire Network, 28 to 30 September 2006, Khabarovsk,Russia):

FurtherInformation:

MediaReports on Fire Smoke Pollution in Khabarovsk:


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