Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: May 25, 2016

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
25 94 3
2016
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 1,880 1,718 109 26 18,377
Area
(ha)
840,779 71,620 1,174 3,983 627,859

Fires of note

  • BC – 3 fires (106,396+ ha)
  • AB – 3 fires (566,188+ ha)
  • ON – 4 fires (67,331+ ha)

  • Interagency mobilization

    The National Preparedness Level is 5 (of 5). Alberta and Ontario are at an agency preparedness level of 4, British Columbia is at level 3, while all other provinces and territories are at level 1 or 2. The potential to exhaust agency fire resources nationally exists. International mobilizations of resources are being arranged. Agencies are sharing 7 aircraft, 495 personnel, 100 power pumps, and 213 km of hose along with a variety of other equipment. The majority of this week’s fires were human caused. The United States is at preparedness level 1.

    Weekly Synopsis

    This week there have been 270 new fires with 165,805 ha of area burned. The majority of this week’s fires have occurred in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec (20%, 26%, and 15% respectively), while 87% of the area burned was in Alberta. Seasonal fire occurrence and area burned remain significantly above the 10-year average.

    Fire Danger has decreased in western Canada. Fire danger remains very high in the interior and northeast parts of British Columbia. Fire danger decreased to high throughout northern Alberta and northwestern Saskatchewan. In the Northwest Territories, fire danger is very high west of Great Slave Lake. Manitoba decreased to low fire danger. Fire danger is high throughout southern Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.

    In British Columbia, open fires are restricted in the Coastal, Prince George, Kamloops, and Cariboo fire zones. A ban on open fires (including campfires and use of incendiary targets) and restrictions on off-highway vehicles are in place for northeastern and central Alberta, which includes provincial parks, recreation area, counties, municipal districts and special areas. Evacuation orders remain in place for Fort McMurray, Anzac, Fort McMurray First Nation, and Fort Mckay First Nation. In Saskatchewan, open fires and campfires are banned for Good Spirit Lake, Makwa Lake and Meadow Lake provincial parks, and Bronson Forest and Chitek Lake recreation sites. In Ontario, outdoor burning is restricted in many fire zones in the Northwest Region. In Quebec, industrial burning has been suspended in all districts. In New Brunswick, category 1 burning is banned in the counties of Carleton, Gloucester, Kent, Madawaska, Northumberland, Restigouche, Victoria, and Westmorland, with restrictions in place for Alberta and York. In Nova Scotia, burning is restricted to the hours of 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. for the counties of Antigonish, Cape Breton, Colchester, Cumberland, Guysborough, Halifax, Hants, Inverness, Kings, Pictou, Richmond, and Victoria.

    Prognosis

    Warm temperatures are expected throughout British Columbia and Yukon this week. Precipitation is expected over northern British Columbia, Alberta, and much of Quebec. Little precipitation is forecasted over northern parts on Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Fire danger is expected to remain high in northeastern British Columbia. The area to watch this week is northeastern Alberta, where rainfall may be insufficient to quell fire activity. National resource levels are not sufficient to meet occurring and anticipated wildland fire activity.

    Current graphs

    Note: For provinces, PC = Parks Canada

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