GFMC: Forest Fires in the Russian Federation

Forest Fires  in the Russian Federation  

21 July 2008


Fires in Southeastern Russia

Dozens of large forest fires burned in Russia’s Far East on 18 July 2008, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite passed overhead and captured this image. The forests of the area are deep green; at high elevations, the ground is bare and brown. Places where MODIS detected fires are outlined in red. Thick smoke plumes spread north from the blazes.

AQUA
18 July 2008

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

(source: earth observatory)

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 (21 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:
https://gfmc.online/fwf/eurasia1.htm

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  20 July 2008, a total of  98 fires affected 4,049 ha forested and  3334 ha non-forested lands, 36 fires of them were reported as new fires. Through all of Russia  917 people, 29 aircraft,  134 bulldozers, tractors and engines have been involved in fire fighting. Since the beginning of the 2008 fire season a total of 20,431  fires affected 922,641 ha forested and 669,841 ha non-forested lands of the Forest Fund of Russia .

Most fires have been reported in the following regions:

  • Republic Sakha (Yakutiya)- 15;
  • Khabarovsk region – 11;
  • Republic Komi – 10.

There are large fires in following regions:

  • Republic Sakha (Yakutiya)-5 fires,burning area 25,570ha;
  • Khabarovsk region – 2 fires, 40 ha and 75 non-forested lands.

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

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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