The Far East of Russia is currently affected by drought, strong winds and high wildfire risk. Wildfires continue to burn in Yakutia.
MODIS (Aqua) satellite image of fires burning in Yakutia on 20 May 2011 (resolution: 250m).
Source: NASA satellite image repository (selected and interpreted by GFMC)
False colour satellite image (MODIS Aqua, 250 resolution) showing areas recently affected by wildfires and wildfires burning in Yakutia in the early afternoon of 20 May 2011. Source: NASA satellite image repository (selected and interpreted by GFMC)
Fire danger map for May 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 has been 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
Latest Experimental Fire Weather Index (FWI) map for Eurasia (today)
Note: The components of the Fire Weather Index and the meteorological data below are updated daily at ca. 15:00 GMT/UTC by the Northern Forestry Centre, Canada. In the list below the latest maps (including the FWI) can be downloaded. These maps will provide the information at the date of clicking on the link.
Latest Situation Updates of the Aerial Forest Fire Centre of Russia
Wildfire situation report of the Aerial Forest Fire Centre of Russia Avialesookhrana on 15 May 2011
According to the wildfire situation report of 15 May 2011 a total of
205 fires affected 3718 ha forested and 1391 ha non-forested lands.
130 fires of them were reported as new fires.
An except 139 fires were put out the same day they have been discovered.
Through all of Russia 5024 people, 64 aircraft, 923 bulldozers, tractors and engines have
been involved in fire fighting.
Since the beginning of the 2011 fire season a total of 6842 fires
affected 125351 ha forested and 65329 ha non-forested lands of the Forest Fund of Russia.
Most fires have been reported in the following regions:
Sverdlovsk region – 31
Krasnoyarsk region – 21
Saha republic – 23
Buryatia republic – 17
Source: Aerial Forest Fire Center of Russia (Avialesookhrana), prepared for GFMC by Andrey Usachev.
Satellite-derived fire information Avialesookhrana provides also up-to-date satellite images for the Russian Federation and neighboring territories.
Latest (20 May 2011 09:00 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.
(Source: Avialesookhrana cloudiness maps)
Daily Fire Occurrence and Fire Danger Maps of the Fire Laboratory of the Sukachev Institute of Forest, Krasnoyarsk
Selected fire occurrence maps, satellite images and a forest fire danger map are prepared daily by the Russian GFMC correspondent Dr. Anatoly Sukhinin, Fire Laboratory of the Sukachev Institute of Forest, Krasnoyarsk, in collaboration with the Emergency Situation Monitoring and Forecasting Agency, Krasnoyarsk branch. The maps are produced on the base of satellite data (classification by the NOAA AVHRR). They show the fire locations (by latitude and longitude) and the area affected by fire (red signature, size in ha). The red arrow at each fire location points to the nearest populated place. The terms Oblast or Kray used in the maps are designations of administrative regions. A map showing the boundaries of administrative regions and a legend is included below.
Overview map showing large fire locations detected over the last 10 days:
Latest maps maps showing fire activities of 20 May 2011 (selection):
Kemerovo Region Tomsk Region Krasnoyarsk Kray
More maps of other regions are available on request: email@example.com
From the Media
Severe forest fires in Russia’s Siberian provinces
Severe forest fires were burning in Russia’s Siberian provinces with firefighters battling blazes in isolated mountain or steppe terrain, Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations (RMES) said in a Friday statement. Two regions – the Yakutia province and districts near the Amur River in Russia’s Far East – were the hardest hit, according to RMES satellite imagery. More than 7,000 firefighters had deployed to sometimes extremely remote regions to battle more than 450 blazes currently burning in tundra, forest, and plains terrain. The fires covered an aggregate area of 66,000 square hectares, or 660 square kilometres, the Interfax news agency reported.
Most of the fires been ignited by lightning and at present no areas of human settlement appeared threatened by flames, according to the report. Russia’s massive Siberian region contains one of the world’s largest woodlands. Fires are common during Spring and early summer as drying timber or steppe grass is struck by lightning from thunderstorms. Fires can ignite hundreds of kilometres from the nearest roads or railways, making firefighter response difficult and at times impossible.
Russian fire fighters head to Far East
Russias Emergencies Minister Sergey Shoygu has sent fire fighting planes, including Il-76 multi-purpose airlifter, to the countrys Far East to combat wild and peat bog fires, the ministrys spokeswoman reports.
Russia is now seeing peat bog fires increasing in number and already spreading over 45,000 ha. The worst situation is in Yakutia, Sverdlovsk, Amur and Khanty-Mansiysk regions.
Recent Media Reports on Fires in the Russian Federation