Fires in Russia

Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

13 May 2008

Fire situation report of  the Aerial Forest Fire Protection Service of Russia (Avialesookhrana)

According to the wildfire situation report of 13 May 2008 a total of 394 fires affected 8,034 ha forested and 487 ha non-forested lands, 225 fires of them were reported as new fires.

Through all of Russia 5,079 people, 33 aircraft, 1,276 bulldozers, tractors and engines have been involved in fire fighting.

Since the beginning of the 2008 fire season a total of 12,068 fires affected 372,565 ha forested and 24,181 ha non-forested lands of the Forest Fund of Russia .

Most fires have been reported in the following regions:

  • Zabaikalie (Chita) – 71;

  • Irkutsk – 86;

  • Buriatia – 42.

There are large fires in following regions:

  • Zabaikalie (Chita) – 18 fires, burning area 1,850 ha;

  • Irkutsk – 8 fires, 530 ha

  • Buriatia – 3 fires, 1,850 ha

Source: Aerial Forest Fire Center of Russia (Avialesookhrana), prepared for GFMC by Andrey Eritsov

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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