Canadian Wildland Fire Information System
National Wildland Fire Situation Report
Current as of: September 2, 2015
- Data courtesy of the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC).
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Fires of note
BC - 8 fires (34,188+ ha)
The National Preparedness Level is 1, with national resource levels sufficient to meet wildland fire activity. All provinces and territories are at level 1 or 2. Agencies are sharing 8 personnel, 362 power pumps, and 400 km of hose nationally. Human activity accounted for 74% of this week’s fires. The United States is at a preparedness level of 5 (of 5), with large fires burning in Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Agencies are sharing 9 aircraft and 57 personnel with the United States.
Weekly SynopsisThis week there have been 77 new fires and approximately 24,000 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, Alberta, and Saskatchewan (36%, 34%, and 21%), while the majority of the area burned was in Saskatchewan. 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 has decreased to low-moderate. Fire danger in the Yukon and Northwest Territories is low. The fire danger in the Prairie Provinces is moderate, with patches of very high indices in southern regions. Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces are at moderate fire danger, while fire danger is low throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
In British Columbia, open fires are restricted in the Coastal, Kamloops, Southeast, and Cariboo fire zones, with a campfire ban in place for the Cariboo fire zone. 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, Chestermere, Cypress, Forty Mile No 8, Lethbridge, Taber, and Willow Creek No. 26, with further restrictions and advisories in place throughout the province. In New Brunswick, Category 1 burning is restricted to between the hours of 20:00 – 08:00 in the districts of Carleton, Charlotte, Kings, Queens, Saint John, Sunbury, Victoria, and York. In Nova Scotia, burning is restricted to between the hours of 19:00 and 08:00 province wide, with the exception of Inverness.
PrognosisNationally, fire danger will likely remain low-moderate. Cooler temperatures are forecast for the Territories and northern parts of British Columbia, helping to keep fire danger low-moderate. Precipitation is forecast for the Prairie Provinces, which is expected to reduce the fire danger in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to low-moderate. Above average temperatures are forecast for eastern Ontario to Atlantic Canada. The fire danger in Ontario and Quebec is expected to be low, while Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island may increase to moderate-high fire danger. National resources should be sufficient for anticipated wildland fire activity.
This is the last weekly national report for this season. The annual Canada Report from CIFFC will be available in early in 2016. Current information continues to be made available through the various provincial and territorial agencies’ web sites which can be accessed through the agency links located at the bottom of this page.
- British Columbia
- New Brunswick
- New Foundland and Labrador
- Northwest Territories
- Nova Scotia
- Parks Canada
- Prince Edward Island
- Quebec - SOPFEU (Société de protection des forêts contre le feu)
- Yukon Territory
- Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC)
- National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC)