National Wildland Fire Situation Report

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

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Current as of: May 24, 2024

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Being Held Controlled Modified Response
14 14 68 8
2024
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 1,208 1,212 98 3 14,641
Area
(ha)
398,813 302,283 136 796 762,301

Priority fires

British Columbia • Parker Lake (G90267) is estimated at 12,348 hectares and is listed as out of control. Evacuation Orders have been issued for Fort Nelson and area, and the Fort Nelson First Nation, to protect public life and safety. • Holdover Patry Creek (G90207) is currently listed as 74,344 hectares in size and is currently listed as out of control.

Interagency mobilization

Canada is at national preparedness level 2, indicating wildland fire activity is increasing within one or more jurisdictions and the demand for mobilization of firefighters and equipment from other jurisdictions is light. British Columbia is at agency preparedness level 3; all other agencies are levels 2 or 1.

The number of fires is about above average for this time of year, and well above the 10-year average for area burned for this time of year. At the time of this report there are aircraft, personnel, and equipment mobilized through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre to Manitoba, Alberta, Northwest Territories and Quebec from Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Parks Canada, and Ontario. The United States is at preparedness level 1, which indicates little to no mobilization of resources occurring.

Weekly Synopsis

In British Columbia there are category 2 and 3 open burning restrictions across all regions except for the southeast fire centre. Alberta has fire bans and restrictions across the north, northwest, northeast, and around the central regions of the province. Northwest Territories has Regional Fire Restrictions Implemented in Dehcho Region on all Public and Private Lands. Saskatchewan has fire bans and restrictions across the northwest and northeast regions of the province. Manitoba has burning restrictions in the west central and south-central regions of the province. Quebec has suspended burning permits Côte-Nord, Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie, but has no public restrictions in place. in New Brunswick has fire restrictions in the Victoria, Restigouche, Glouster, Northumberland, and Kent regions with category 1 burning restrictions across the rest of the province. In Nova Scotia burning has fire restrictions across the entire province. Prince Edward Island requires burning permits based on the daily Fire Weather Index.

Yukon, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador have no restrictions currently in place.

Rain is falling or has fallen in most of the active fire regions in Canada, although regular rainfall through many regions is needed to alleviate drought.

Drought remains a factor in many areas but especially northeast BC, northwest AB, and southern NT.

Prognosis

Dry weather continues along the 60th parallel east of the Alberta/BC border and through much of the Northwest Territories. Fire weather index calculations have not begun in northern NT and extreme northern YT.

Patches of showers will drift around other regions of western Canada.

Fire weather indexes will rise in the northern Prairies and the NT over the next few days. Temperatures in the western NT will rise to the 20-25C range over the next few days.

A storm system moving into western Ontario will focus rainfall along the MB/ON border then swing a band of showers or thundershowers through eastern ON, QC, and Atlantic Canada between Tuesday, May 21, and Thursday, May 23.

Weekly graphs (current as of: May 24, 2024)

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