GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

Forest Fires  in the Russian Federation  

2 July 2008

Fires in Southeastern Russia
Smoke from intense fires in southeastern Russia poured over the Sea of Okhotsk on 30 June 2008. This natural-color image of the fires (marked in red) is made from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites on 30 June 2008. The fires are affecting Amur, Khabarovsk, and southern Sakha Provinces in Russia’s Far East. 

30 June 2008

(source: earth observatory)

The high-resolution image provided above is at MODIS’ maximum spatial resolution (level of detail) of 250 meters per pixel.

Smoke from numerous fires burning in southeast Russia has moved over the Sea of Okhotsk as seen by this MODIS satellite image at 0215 UTC on 01 July 2008.

IMAGE D6140: MODIS <> Image Type=combine <> 07/01/2008 02:15 UTC.


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 (2 July 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)

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

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

According to the wildfire situation report of 30 June 2008 a total of 152 fires affected 5,241 ha forested and 379 ha non-forested lands, 40 fires of them were reported as new fires. Through all of Russia  1,502  people, 53 aircraft,  257 bulldozers, tractors and engines have been involved in fire fighting. Since the beginning of the 2008 fire season a total of 19,364  fires affected 781,086 ha forested and 623,168 ha non-forested lands of the Forest Fund of Russia .

Most fires have been reported in the following regions:

  • Repablic Sakha (Yakutiya)- 38;
  • Amursk region – 28;
  • Khabarovsk region – 22.

There are large fires in following regions:

  • Repablic Sakha (Yakutiya)- 8 fires,burning area 6,550 ha;
  • Amursk region – 15 fires,12,019 ha.

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

Overview map showing accumulated burned areas in 2008 (black) and large fire locations detected over the last 10 days (red). Note: This map covers the period until 24 June 2008 only (due to technical reasons there is no update of early July 2008).

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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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