Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: August 26, 2015

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
33 156 300
2015
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 6,592 6,012 110 54 42,890
Area
(ha)
3,930,049 2,306,072 170 8,195 3,076,524

Fires of note

BC - 7 fires (29,523+ ha)

Interagency mobilization

The National Preparedness Level decreased to 1, with national resource levels sufficient to meet wildland fire activity. British Columbia is at an agency preparedness level of 3, while all other provinces and territories are at level 1 or 2. Agencies are sharing 6 aircraft, 12 personnel, 362 power pumps, and 427 km of hose nationally. Human activity accounted for 62% of this week’s fires. The United States increased to a preparedness level of 5 (of 5), with large fires burning in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Agencies are sharing 8 aircraft and 163 personnel with the United States.

Weekly Synopsis

This week there have been 108 new fires and approximately 112,357 ha of area burned. Many provinces and territories are continuing to update their burned area figures. The majority of this week’s fires occurred in British Columbia (58%). Both seasonal fire occurrence and area burned remain above the 10-year average.

Fire danger is low-moderate for most of Canada. The fire danger in British Columbia however has remained very high with areas of extreme between Anahim Lake and Salmon Arm as well as the southwest portion of Vancouver Island. Fire danger in the Yukon and Northwest Territories is low. Fire danger in Alberta and Saskatchewan is moderate. Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec are at low fire danger. The fire danger in Atlantic Canada is low-moderate.

In British Columbia, open fires and campfires are restricted in the Coastal, Kamloops, Southeast, and Cariboo fire zones. A forest use restriction is also in place for the Southeast fire zone. In Alberta, fire bans are in place for the counties or municipal districts of Acadia No. 34, Calgary, Chestermere, Cypress, Forty Mile No 8, Lethbridge, and Taber, with further restrictions and advisories in place throughout the province. In Nova Scotia, burning is restricted to between the hours of 19:00 and 08:00 for most counties, excluding Cape Breton, Richmond, and Victoria.

Prognosis

Warm and dry air prevails between southern British Columbia and western Ontario over the next few days. By the weekend of August 29-30 a surge of cool air from the Beaufort Sea develops a large storm system in the Gulf of Alaska, which begins throwing moisture across British Columbia and the northwestern United States. This may trigger a few lightning-caused fires but will also dampen the region and likely slow the growth of the large fires. This pattern continues into the week of August 30, and in doing so, gradually pushes ridging eastwards to lie over the central Prairies. The storm system that stalled near James Bay is thus pushed east into the Atlantic, allowing drier air into much of eastern Canada.

Nationally, fire danger will likely remain low-moderate. The fire danger in British Columbia is expected to decrease to more moderate indices. Northern Canada is expected to remain at low fire danger. Fire danger in Alberta and Saskatchewan will likely remain moderate with higher indices in southern regions. The fire danger from Manitoba through Atlantic Canada is expected to be low-moderate. The area to watch this week remains southern British Columbia where lightning caused fires are possible. National resources should be sufficient for anticipated wildland fire activity.

Current graphs

Note: For provinces, PC = Parks Canada