Wildfire smoke over the Sea of Okhotsk


Smoke from wildfires streamed across the Sea of Okhotsk in late July 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on July 27, 2011.

Nearly 120 fires were burning in the Russian Federation as of July 28, 2011, according to EMERCOM of Russia. Nineteen of those blazes were in the Far Eastern Federal District.

Marked by tiny red dots, some actively burning fires appear just west of Sakhalin in this image, and those fires produce heavy smoke. The thick river of smoke that blows over the Sea of Okhotsk, however, appears to have originated farther west.

An expanded version of this image is available through the MODIS Rapid Response System.


Fire situation on the territory of the Russian Federation (EMERCOM)

115 hotbeds of wildfires with the total area 2 904.7 hectares have been registered in the Russian Federation within twenty four hours. 124 hotbeds with the area of 3 564.18 ha have been extinguished. 183 hotbeds, including those emerged earlier and 27 large ones continue burning, the area of active burning is 999.41 ha, 19 887.84 ha has been contained.

Within the 24 past hours 124 hotbeds of wildfires with the total area of 3 564.18 hectares were extinguished, including 69 with the area of 480.85 ha extinguished on the day of detection.

2 904.71 hectares was burned, including 2 810.45 hectares – forest land, 92.05hectares – steppe land and 2.21 ha – peat land.

183 hotbeds of wildfires  (the area of active burning is 999.41 hectares, 19 887.84 ha have been contained) continue burning. Of these 182 fires with the area of 20 837.25 ha are on the forest lands (FFA), 1 hotbed with the area 50.0 ha – on specially protected areas in Khabarovsk Territory. Including 27 large fire with the area 13 050.0 ha (1 hotbed with the area of 1 400.0 in Rostov Region, 3 hotbeds with the area of 1 540.0 in Komi Republic, 23 hotbeds with the area of 10 110.0 ha in Arkhangelsk Region).

There are 126 uncontrolled undergrowth burning sites and 4 hotbeds of waste burning on the territory of the Russian Federation.

The most difficult situation with fires remains in  Khanty-Mansi Autonomous District, Sakha (Yakutia), Komi, Karelia Republics, Khabarovsk Territory, Arkhangelsk and Rostov Regions (hard to reach areas, unfavorable weather conditions).

Given the weather forecast, the emergency wildfire situation will remain in the Far Eastern, Siberian, Volga, Southern, North-Caucasian and Central Federal Districts: in Amur and Sakhalin Regions, Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, Khabarovsk and Altai Territories, Orenburg, Saratov, Samara, Astrakhan, Volgograd, Rostov Regions, Krasnodar Territory, Chechen, North Osetia-Alania, Dagestan, Ingushetia  Republics, Bashkortostan, Kalmykia, Stavropol Territory, Lipetsk, Voronezh, Moscow, Tver and Yaroslavl Regions.




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