National Wildland Fire Situation Report

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

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Current as of: June 16, 2021

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Being Held Controlled Modified Response
18 21 55 6
2021
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 2,194 2,027 108 17 28,035
Area
(ha)
331,241 424,747 78 689 412,276

Priority fires

Ontario:

DRY_FIRE_031 located southwest of Kawaweogama Lake currently listed as out of control at estimated 850 hectares in size

FOR_FIRE_019 located in the northeast corner of Quetico provincial park is currently listed as out of control at estimated 265 hectares in size

NIP_FIRE_007 located 45 kilometres northeast of the town of Nipigon currently listed as out of control at estimated 2,410 hectares in size

THU_FIRE_033 located near Bedivere Lake, approximately 30 kilometres southwest of Upsala currently listed as being held at estimated 217 hectares in size

THU_FIRE_036 located northeast near Bedivere Lake, currently listed as being held at estimated 613 hectares in size

Interagency mobilization

Canada is at national preparedness level 3, indicating increased mobilization of resources in support of active agencies. Quebec and Ontario are at preparedness level 3 indicating high fire load with some additional assistance required. Yukon, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick are at preparedness level 2, with all other agencies at preparedness level 1. Nationally, the number of fires is about average for this time of year with slightly below average area burned. There were 59 lightning starts reported over the last week.

At this time, aircraft, equipment and personnel have been mobilized to Quebec and Ontario. Resources were mobilized from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, New Brunswick and Parks Canada. No international crews are currently active in Canada. The United States is at preparedness level 3.

Weekly Synopsis

There are open fire bans in the following regions of Quebec: Nord-Du-Québec, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Mauricie, Capitale-Nationale, Outaouais, Laurentides, and Lanaudière.

Ontario has no provincial fire bans in place; however, there are access restrictions in the northwest region due to active fires in the Nipigon District. The following Ontario provincial parks have fire bans: Alexander Stewart, Arrowhead, Barron River, Bayview Escarpment, Bell Bay, Black Creek, Bonnechere, Cabot head, Carson Lake, Foy Property, Gibson River, Hardy Lake, Hope Bay Forest, Ira Lake, Lion’s Head, Little Cove, Lower Madawaska River, Ottawa River, Petawawa Terrace, Potholes, Smokey Head/White Bluff, and Westmeath.

Currently British Columbia has an open fire ban in the Kamloops, Southeast and Cariboo regions. There is no provincial fire ban in Alberta, however there are fire advisories in the west and southern parts of the province and fire bans in Birch Hills County, the City of Lethbridge, and the Municipal District of Peace No. 135. Nova Scotia has burning restrictions across the province between 8pm and 2pm. Prince Edward Island and Yukon have no fire band in place, but require a valid burn permit to have an open fire. Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador have no provincial/territorial fire restrictions in place.

High to extreme fire danger conditions are occurring in the northwestern Northwest Territories, central and northern Yukon, the southern halves of the Prairie Provinces, most of Ontario, and western Quebec. A low pressure system in northern Alberta is maintaining rain along the 60th parallel, and moderate to strong winds in the warm, dry air east and south of this system. A second storm system is generating showers in eastern Quebec and across northern parts of the Atlantic Provinces. Some of this rain will help with suppression efforts on existing Quebec fires.

Prognosis

The storm system in the northern Prairies moves eastward and sinks toward the Great Lakes by Friday, June 18. Moderate to strong south winds preceding this system will affect regions east into western Quebec, although a cold frontal passage will switch winds to the west and trigger thundershower activity that may ignite new fires. This will likely drive quick fire growth on existing or new blazes, with the direction shifts possibly adding to suppression challenges. Beginning by the weekend of June 19-20, an Arctic vortex situated near Baffin Island drives cooler air through eastern regions for a few days. As this happens, a ridge sitting off the Pacific coast builds into British Columbia and Yukon, providing warm and dry weather. Some instability in Yukon will likely trigger weak thundershowers, which may lead to additional fires in the dry part of the Territory. British Columbia, with little fire activity to date this year, will likely see a widespread increase in fire danger as warm and dry air establishes over the province. This trend extends into the Prairie Provinces, where fire danger will start to rebound.

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