Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: June 13, 2018

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
6 74 13
2018
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 2,138 2,181 98 45 25,749
Area
(ha)
228,212 366,305 62 2,014 775,442

Fires of note

There is one priority fire identified at the time of this report.

In Ontario, Fire # Red 30 has burned 3739 hectares and is being monitored.

Interagency mobilization

The National Preparedness Level is currently at 1 in Canada and Level 2 in the United States. Quebec, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Parks Canada are all at Level 2. All remaining agencies are at Level 1. Equipment is still being mobilized from Ontario to Manitoba, but all other resources in the country have been demobilized.

Weekly Synopsis

Canada has recorded 2,138 fires so far this year, which have burned 228,212 ha. New fire starts totalled 122 in the last week (15 of these new fires were lightning caused fires), and about 8000 hectares burned over the last week. The total number of fires so far this year is just under the 10-year average (98%), and the area burned is well below average (62%).

An upper low pressure area in northern Alberta continues to drive circulation in western Canada with another low crossing southern British Columbia and a sloppy surface pressure pattern generating widespread shower and thundershower activity. Another low over northern parts of the Atlantic Provinces is generating showery weather over Newfoundland. A ridge over northern Hudson Bay and the eastern Arctic is forcing the majority of the westerly upper flow along the 49th parallel. A saddle point, or col, extending south from Hudson Bay over northern Ontario and Quebec is maintaining drier conditions between northern Manitoba and southern Atlantic Canada. This general pattern has reduced fire weather indexes in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, northern parts of the western provinces, eastern Ontario, and northern Quebec and Atlantic Canada over the past few days.

Fire Restrictions: In British Columbia, open burning is prohibited in the Cariboo and Southeast regions and open burning restrictions may apply in the Kamloops and Coastal regions.

In Alberta, there are currently fire bans for Jasper National Park, the MD of Acadia, and the Village of Innisfree. Fire advisories and restrictions remain in some areas in the central and southern regions of the province.

In the Yukon, fire danger ratings are noted as particularly high in the Ross River and Tuchitua areas. Burn permits are suspended in many areas south of the Mackenzie Mountains, as well as in the area around Old Crow.

In Saskatchewan, all provincial fire bans have been lifted.

In Manitoba, there are no longer any burning restrictions.

In Ontario, all fire bans have been lifted.

In Nova Scotia, burning is banned in the Annapolis, Digby, Halifax, Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, Victoria, and Yarmouth regions. Burning is restricted to the hours of 7pm to 8am in the rest of the province.

In New Brunswick, category 1 burning is banned across the province.

Prognosis

Showery weather gradually subsides in Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and northern parts of the provinces beginning Friday, June 15, while showery weather continues in southern regions. Fire weather indexes will generally rise with warmer air and less precipitation but southernmost and eastern parts likely will wait until early in the week of June 17. Lightning may be a growing problem with isolated pockets of thundershowers likely amidst rising Duff Moisture Code values.

Current graphs

Note: For provinces, PC = Parks Canada

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