Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: July 20, 2016

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
10 78 211
2016
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 3,684 4,156 89 35 30,387
Area
(ha)
1,181,718 1,690,838 70 4,848 1,105,413

Fires of note

None

Interagency mobilization

The National Preparedness Level is 1. The Northwest Territories is at an agency preparedness level of 3, while all other provinces and territories are at level 1 or 2. Resource mobilization is low for this time of year. Agencies are sharing 3 personnel, 100 power pumps, and 18 km of hose along with a variety of other equipment. Lightning activity caused 72% of this week.s fires. The United States is at preparedness level 2.

Weekly Synopsis

This week there have been 205 new fires with 109,724 ha of area burned. The majority of this week.s fires occurred in British Columbia, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories (22%, 18% and 25% respectively), while the majority of the area burned was in the Northwest Territories (60%). Fire occurrence and area burned are below the 10-yr average for this time of year.

Fire Danger is moderate across the majority of Canada. Fire danger in British Columbia is low with higher indices in northern regions. Yukon is at low fire danger. Fire danger in the Northwest Territories is moderate. Fire danger is high in southeastern Alberta. In Saskatchewan, the fire danger is low in the northern half of the province and high in the southern half. Manitoba is at low fire danger. Fire danger is high throughout Central Canada and the Maritimes. In Newfoundland the fire danger is low to moderate.

In British Columbia, open fires are restricted in the Coastal, Kamloops, Southeast, and Cariboo fire zones. In Alberta, fire advisories are in place for areas north of Edmonton and south of Calgary. In Saskatchewan, open fires and campfire restrictions are in place for Good Spirit Lake, Makwa Lake and Meadow Lake provincial parks, and Bronson Forest and Chitek Lake recreation sites. In Ontario, fires are banned for Mississagi, Sandbanks, Whitesand and Windigo Bay Provincial Parks, and restricted at Charleston Lake Provincial Park. In New Brunswick, Category 1 burning is restricted to between the hours of 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. in the districts of Albert, Carleton, Kent, Queens, Sunbury, Victoria, Westmorland, and York. In Nova Scotia, burning is banned for the counties of Halifax, Hants, Lunenberg, and Queens; and restricted to the hours of 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. for all other counties.

Prognosis

A large and stationary low pressure area in the central Arctic and a flat high pressure area over the western USA are creating a zonal flow across Canada. This will help maintain warm temperatures in southern regions, cool conditions in the far north, and fast-moving bands of showers and thundershowers. Some of this rain will affect the Northwest Territories, helping reduce fire activity. The southern parts of western Canada should have slowly increasing fire weather indexes, but several warm and dry days are needed before much of the country experiences a dramatic increase in fire activity. National resource levels are expected to be adequate to meet occurring and anticipated wildland fire activity.

Current graphs

Note: For provinces, PC = Parks Canada

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