GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

Forest Fires  in the Russian Federation  

4 July 2008

GFMC analysis: According to the latest satellite-derived analysis provided by the Sukachev Institute for Forest (Krasnoyarsk) the total area burned by 4 July 2008 in the Russian Federation is 22 006 799 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.

Fire danger map for 4 July for Eastern Siberia:

Source: Sukachev Institute for Forest, Krasnoyarsk

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 3 Jule 2008 a total of 142 fires affected 3,814 ha forested and 383 ha non-forested lands, 36 fires of them were reported as new fires. Through all of Russia 1,503 people, 36 aircraft, 211 bulldozers, tractors and engines have been involved in fire fighting. Since the beginning of the 2008 fire season a total of 19,511 fires affected 792,986 ha forested and 624,511 ha non-forested lands of the Forest Fund of Russia.

Most fires have been reported in the following regions:

  • Republic Sakha (Yakutiya)- 32;
  • Amursk region – 23;
  • Khabarovsk region – 33.

There are large fires in following regions:

  • Republic Sakha (Yakutiya)- 8 fires,burning area 6,640 ha;
  • Amursk region – 15 fires,11,990 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).

click here to enlarge (561 KB)


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.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
WP-Backgrounds Lite by InoPlugs Web Design and Juwelier Schönmann 1010 Wien