Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: May 20, 2015

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
12 92 13
2015
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 1,750 1,484 118 50 19,433
Area
(ha)
36,922 50,115 74 5,506 191,307

Priority fires

BC – 1 fire (25,000 ha)

Interagency mobilization

The National Preparedness Level is 1 this week. No national resource exchanges are underway, resource mobilization is low for this time of year. Human activity accounted for 90% of this week’s fire activity. The United States is at preparedness level 1.

Weekly Synopsis

There have been 470 new fires this week, burning 23,966 ha. The majority of this week’s fires have occurred in Alberta and Nova Scotia (42% and 13% respectively), while 90% of the area burned was in British Columbia, largely due to the Little Bobtail Lake fire. Seasonal fire occurrence is above the 10-year average, while the area burned so far this season is below average.

Fire danger increased to high throughout much of Canada. Fire danger in British Columbia is very high with extreme fire danger in northeast part of the province. Fire danger in the Yukon has increased to moderate with patches of extreme fire danger. Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories are at very high to extreme fire danger. Manitoba and Central Canada are at low to moderate fire danger with elevated fire danger in southern Ontario. Atlantic Canada has increased to moderate fire danger.

In British Columbia, open fires are restricted in the Prince George, Kamloops, and Cariboo fire zones. In Yukon, burning permits have been suspended in most districts. In Alberta, fire bans are in place for Brazeau County, Minburn No. 27, Paintearth No. 18, Vermillion River, Wetaskiwin No. 10, Drayton Valley, Itaska Beach, and Special Areas 2, 3, and 4. Fire restrictions and advisories are also in place for the majority of the province. In Nova Scotia, burning is restricted to the hours of 19:00 and 08:00 for the counties of Antigonish, Cape Breton, Cumberland, Guysborough, Hants, Kings, Pictou, Richmond, and Victoria.

Prognosis

A ridge is providing warm and dry weather in western Canada. A few pockets of instability lead to spotty showers and thundershowers in British Columbia, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. A few dry days in Ontario and Quebec will be followed by bands of showers a couple days apart between Sunday (May 24) and Tuesday (May 26).

Nationally, fire danger is expected to remain high over the coming week. Fire danger in western Canada will likely remain very high to extreme, while fire danger in Central and Atlantic Canada is expected to remain low to moderate. The area to watch this week is the northern regions of British Columbia and Alberta, and the Northwest Territories where fire activity may increase. People engaged in outdoor activities should continue to be careful, as fires can spread rapidly in the dry, warm, and windy conditions. With Canada at moderate to high fire danger, national resources should be sufficient.

Current graphs

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