Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: August 24, 2016

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
4 63 124
2016
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 4,746 5,956 79.7 33 39,102
Area
(ha)
1,361,835 2,517,558 54 5,064 1,738,849

Fires of note

None

Interagency mobilization

The National Preparedness Level is 1. All provinces and territories are at level 1 except British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Parks Canada, which are at level 2. Lightning caused 30% of this week’s fires. Resource mobilization is low for this time of year, with agencies sharing 3 aircraft and 15 km of hose, along with a variety of other equipment. The United States is at preparedness level 4, with large fires burning in California, Idaho, Washington, Wyoming, Oregon, Utah, Montana, Colorado, Nevada and Oklahoma.

Weekly Synopsis

In the last week, 131 new fires started, resulting in 3,545 ha burned. The majority of these fires occurred in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan (57%, 17% and 8% respectively), while the majority of the area burned was in NWT and British Columbia (70% and 30% respectively). National fire occurrence and area burned are below the 10-year average for this time of year, although Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia have had more fires than the 10-year average. Alberta’s area burned is about three times its 10-year average, but most of that occurred in the spring.

Fire Danger is low to moderate in most of Yukon, and from Manitoba east, with a few pockets of high fire danger in southern Ontario, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador. High to extreme fire danger persists across parts of British Columbia, the NWT, and Alberta.

In British Columbia, open burning and campfires are restricted in the Coastal fire zone. Open burning is prohibited in the Kamloops and Southeast fire zones. In Alberta, fire advisories are in place for some areas north of Edmonton, Parkland Beach (near Red Deer) and several areas south of Calgary. In Saskatchewan, there are some fire restrictions in some provincial parks. In Ontario, full fire bans are in effect in Missisagi, Sandbanks, Whitesand, and Windigo Island Provincial Parks.

Prognosis

Strong low pressure areas continue to move into western Canada, keeping temperatures moderate. A zonal flow over eastern Canada gains moisture streaming from Central America towards the Great Lakes, sending waves of showers and thundershowers through the eastern half of Canada. Nationally, the Fine Fuel Moisture Code is expected by remain low to moderate over the next week, and only patchy areas of elevated Duff Moisture Code remain in southern British Columbia and between Great Slave and Great Bear Lakes, suggesting human and lightning fires will be minimal over the next few days. Very generous amounts of rain in some western regions (e.g. west-central Alberta) may signal an end to the fire season in those areas.

Current graphs

Note: For provinces, PC = Parks Canada

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