Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: September 3, 2014

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
62 124 356
2014
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 4,760 5,930 80 54 38,869
Area
(ha)
4,555,824 2,085,934 218 7,478 1,116,169

Priority fires

BC - 4 fires (239,639+ha)

Interagency mobilization

The National Preparedness Level decreased to 2 this week. British Columbia is at an agency preparedness level of 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 198 personnel, 650 power pumps and 310 km of hose along with a variety of other equipment. The United States is at preparedness level 2, with large fires burning in California and Oregon.

Weekly Synopsis

There have been 143 new fires and 17,050 ha burned over the past week The majority of this week’s fires occurred in British Columbia and Alberta (24% and 49% respectively), while the majority of the area burned this week was in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories (48% and 38% respectively). 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 very high in northeastern British Columbia. Fire danger in the Yukon and Northwest Territories is low. The Prairie Provinces are at low to moderate fire danger. Ontario and Quebec are at low fire danger with elevated indices in southern regions. The Maritimes are at moderate to high fire danger, while fire danger in Newfoundland and Labrador is low.

In British Columbia, restrictions on open fires are in place for all fire zones. Campfire restrictions are in place for the Cariboo 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 Forty Mile No. 8 and Vulcan. Many other fire advisories are in place for southern, central, and western parts of the province. In Nova Scotia, burning is restricted to the hours of 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. for the counties of Colchester, Halifax, Hants, and Pictou; and allowed between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. in all other counties.

Prognosis

Variable weather continues across the country. Fast-moving low pressure areas will bring rain to some regions, and rebounding ridges are beaten down before sustained drying can occur. This will inhibit fire growth and keep new starts to a minimum over the next few days

Nationally, fire danger is expected to be low over the coming week. Fire danger in British Columbia is expected to decrease, although indices will likely remain high in the northeast region. The Territories are expected to remain at low to moderate fire danger. Fire danger through the Prairies is expected to be moderate. Central Canada will likely remain at low to moderate fire danger. Atlantic Canada is expected to remain at low to moderate fire danger. The area to watch this week is northeastern British Columbia, where fire activity may remain high. National resources should be adequate to manage the anticipated fire activity.

Note:

This is the last weekly national report for this season. The annual Canada Report from CIFFC will be available in early in 2015. Current information continues to be made available through the various provincial and territorial agencies’ web sites which can be accessed through the agency links located at the bottom of this page.

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Note: For provinces, PC = Parks Canada