Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: July 22, 2015

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
77 342 439
2015
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 5,603 4,174 134 54 33,592
Area
(ha)
3,879,116 1,554,212 250 8,195 2,246,124

Fires of note

  • BC - 11 fires (36,057 ha)
  • AB – 5 fires
  • SK – 5 fires (406,507 ha)

  • Interagency mobilization

    The National Preparedness Level has decreased to level 3, with national and international resource levels sufficient to meet wildland fire activity. British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan are at an agency preparedness level of 3, while all other provinces and territories are at level 1 or 2. Agencies are sharing 675 personnel, 525 power pumps, and 770 km of hose along with a variety of other equipment. Lightning activity caused 59% of this week’s fires. The United States decreased to preparedness level 2, with large fires burning in Alaska, California, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

    Weekly Synopsis

    This week there have been 441 new fires with 688,282 ha of area burned. The majority of this week’s fires have occurred in British Columbia and Alberta (45% and 30% respectively), while 75% of the area burned was in the Saskatchewan. Seasonal fire occurrence and area burned are both well above the 10-year average.

    Fire danger continued to decrease in western Canada, although the very high indices in southern regions of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan are persisting. In northern Canada, the fire danger has decreased to low-moderate. Manitoba is at low-moderate fire danger. The fire danger in Ontario has increased to high with a patch of extreme between Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury. Quebec and Atlantic Canada are at low fire danger.

    In British Columbia, open fires are restricted province wide. Campfires are restricted in the Coastal, Prince George, Kamloops, Southeast, and Cariboo fire zones. Forest use restrictions are also in place for the Southeast fire zone. In the Yukon, burning permits are suspended in the district of Haines Junction. In the Northwest Territories, travel along highway 5 to Fort Smith and highway 6 to Fort Resolution may be disrupted due to fire activity or smoke. In Alberta, fire bans are in place for the counties or municipal districts of Acadia No. 34, Chestermere, and Cypress.

    Prognosis

    A series of low pressure areas cross Canada over the next several days. These generally move to the northeast towards Hudson Bay; however they also pull unstable air out of the American Plains and form bands of showers and thundershowers that cross eastern Canada.

    Nationally, fire danger in western Canada will likely remain very high in the southern portions of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. The fire danger through the Yukon and the Northwest Territories is expected to remain low-moderate. Ontario will likely remain at moderate-high fire danger. Fire danger throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada is expected to remain low. The area to watch this week is British Columbia where the fire activity may remain high in the southern portion of the province. National and international resources should be remain sufficient for anticipated wildland fire activity.

    Current graphs

    Note: For provinces, PC = Parks Canada