Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: August 20, 2014

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
76 153 441
2014
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 4,482 5,985 75 52 37,119
Area
(ha)
4,267,711 2,059,244 207 7,463 1,064,607

Priority fires

BC - 5 fires (201,095+ha)

Interagency mobilization

The National Preparedness Level decreased to level 3 this week. The agency preparedness level for British Columbia is 4; the Northwest Territories is at level 3, while all other provinces and territories are at level 1 or 2. Resource mobilization is above average for this time of year. Agencies are sharing – 5 aircraft, 596 personnel, 675 power pumps and 310 km of hose along with a variety of other equipment. Personnel from Australia continue to support fire management efforts in British Columbia. Lightning activity accounted for 59% of this week’s fires. The United States decreased to preparedness level 3, with large fires burning in California, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Washington.

Weekly Synopsis

There have been 228 new fires and 640,626 ha burned over the past week. The weekly fire occurrence is below average for this time of year, while the area burned is well above the 10-year average. The majority of this week’s fires occurred in British Columbia and Alberta (40% and 20% respectively), while 72% of the area burned this week was in Saskatchewan. Seasonal fire occurrence is below average, while the area burned this year is more than twice the 10-year average.

Fire danger continues to be high to extreme in British Columbia. Fire danger throughout the Northwest Territories has decreased to low to moderate. The Prairie Provinces are at low fire danger with some patches of high in northern Alberta. Northern regions of Ontario and Quebec are at moderate to high fire danger. Atlantic Canada is at low fire danger.

In British Columbia, restrictions on open fires are in place for all fire zones. Campfire restrictions are in place for the Northwest, Kamloops, and Cariboo fire centres, as well as some parts of the Coastal fire centre. Forest use restrictions are in place for the Northwest, Prince George, and Southeast fire centres. In Alberta, fire bans are in place for the counties of Cardston, Forty Mile No. 8, Cypress, and Vulcan. Many other fire advisories are in place for southern, central, and western parts of the province. In the Northwest Territories, smoke may be an issue for communities in the South Slave region. In Nova Scotia, burning is restricted to the hours of 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. for the counties of Antigonish, Cumberland, Inverness, Pictou, and Victoria, and restricted to the hours of 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. for all other counties.

Prognosis

Cool conditions in western Canada will linger until late in the weekend of August 23-24, when a ridge begins to nose into coastal British Columbia. Some shower or thundershower activity will persist in a few regions, although amounts will be minimal except in the higher mountain areas. The weather balance tips in favor of eastern Canada, where a ridge strengthening over James Bay maintains generally clear skies and warm temperatures for the next few days. After the weekend, the push of Pacific air into western Canada begins to move the unsettled weather into the northern Prairies and across Hudson Bay. Some thundershowers across northern Ontario and Quebec may occur and with a few recent drying days, a few new fires may occur.

Fire danger is expected to remain high in western Canada. Fire danger in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories will likely increase again, although the extreme indices experienced earlier this month are not anticipated. Fire danger is expected to increase in northern parts of Quebec and Ontario. Atlantic Canada is expected to remain at low fire danger. The area to watch this week is the interior of British Columbia where fire activity will likely remain high. National resources should be adequate to manage the anticipated fire activity.

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Note: For provinces, PC = Parks Canada