Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: June 22, 2016

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
15 75 17
2016
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 2,387 2,697 89 32 23,453
Area
(ha)
890,764 521,511 171 4,749 792,907

Fires of note

  • AB – 1 fire (589,617+ ha)
  • ON – 1 fire (85+ ha)

  • Interagency mobilization

    The National Preparedness Level decreased to 1. New Brunswick is at an agency preparedness level of 3, while all other provinces and territories are level of 1 or 2. Resource mobilization is typical for this time of year. Agencies are sharing 5 personnel, 664 power pumps, and 152 km of hose along with a variety of other equipment. 76% of this week’s fires were human caused. The United States remained at preparedness level 2.

    Weekly Synopsis

    This week there have been 209 new fires with 11,739 ha of area burned. The majority of this week’s fires occurred in Ontario and Quebec (23% and 26% respectively), while the majority of the area burned was in Yukon. Fire occurrence is below average for this time of year, while the area burned is well above the 10-year average.

    Fire Danger is moderate to high across Canada. Fire danger in British Columbia is moderate with high fire danger in the northwest region. Yukon is at low fire danger with a patch of extreme near Carmacks. Fire danger is low in Alberta, with very high indices in the northeast corner of the province. In the Northwest Territories, fire danger is very high with extreme indices north of Great Slave Lake. Fire danger is high throughout most of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Fire danger is high throughout western and southern Ontario, and southern Quebec. Atlantic Canada is at moderate to high fire danger.

    In British Columbia, open fires are restricted in the Coastal, Prince George, Kamloops, Southeast, and Cariboo fire zones. In Alberta, fire restrictions and advisories are in place for areas north of Edmonton, areas around and south of Calgary, and near Ponoka. 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 Whitesand and Windigo Bay Provincial Parks. In Quebec, industrial burning is suspended in the Baie-Comeau region. In New Brunswick, category 1 burning is restricted to the hours of 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. for the counties of Madawaska, Victoria, Kings, Saint John, and Albert; and banned for all other countries. In Nova Scotia, burning is banned for the counties of Annapolis, Colchester, Cumberland, Digby, Halifax, Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, and Yarmouth; and restricted to the hours of 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. for the counties of Antigonish, Guysborough, and Pictou.

    Prognosis

    Warm temperatures are expected throughout western Canada this week. Precipitation is expected over western British Columbia, the Rocky Mountains, southern parts of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, western Ontario and northern Quebec. Little precipitation is forecasted for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The areas to watch this week is the Northwest Territories where fire activity may increase. 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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