Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

The Canadian Wildland Fire Information System (CWFIS) creates daily fire weather and fire behavior maps year-round and hot spot maps throughout the forest fire season, generally between May and September.

The Canadian Wildland Fire Information System is a computer-based fire management information system that monitors fire danger conditions across Canada. Daily weather conditions are collected from across Canada and used to produce fire weather and fire behavior maps. In addition, satellites are used to detect fires.

This site is divided into three main sections:

  1. The Background Information section contains links that provide details about the CWFIS and outline the processes used to derive the data.
  2. The Current Conditions section presents the current fire danger in Canada.
    • Fire Weather and Fire Behavior show national maps of current and archived forest fire conditions.
    • Fire M3 Hotspots shows fires detected by remote sensing, featuring near-real time imagery.
    • Regional Satellite Images displays images of large historical fires.
    • The Weekly Fire Statistics is a weekly summary of fire activity across Canada.
  3. The Historical Analysis section provides a fire danger climatology for Canada.
    • Fire Weather Normals and Fire Behavior Normals display the mean values of fire weather indices and fire behavior indices over a 30-year period (from 1971 to 2000).
    • The Large Fires Data Base is a summary of fires larger than 200 ha from 1959 to 1999.