Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: May 16, 2018

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
22 124 8
2018
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 1,133 1,180 96 41 21,562
Area
(ha)
39,839 69,145 58 2,069 611,358

Fires of note

Prince Albert National Park (2018PA2) is the only priority fire of note this week, with 17,161 ha burned and no significant relief on the forecast. Personnel mobilized from Alberta to assist.

Interagency mobilization

The National Preparedness Level is 2 in both Canada the United States. Saskatchewan is at Level 4, Manitoba, Alberta and Parks Canada are at Level 3, British Columbia and Ontario at level 2, and the remaining agencies Level 1.

Weekly Synopsis

Canada has recorded 1133 fires so far this year, which have burned 39,839 ha. New fire starts totalled 463 in the last week, which is above average for this time of year. The total number of fires so far this year is slightly below the 10-year average (96%), the area burned is below average (57.6%). Four lightning caused fires were reported in the last week.

Cloud and a line of scattered showers are moving eastwards through central British Columbia and the Prairie Provinces, across the Great Lakes, and down St Lawrence Valley along an Arctic front. Accumulations today are minimal, and areas to the north and south of this line remain dry, with warm temperatures in southern regions.

Prognosis

Canada has recorded 1133 fires so far this year, which have burned 39,839 ha. New fire starts totalled 463 in the last week, which is above average for this time of year. The total number of fires so far this year is slightly below the 10-year average (96%), the area burned is below average (57.6%). Four lightning caused fires were reported in the last week.

Cloud and a line of scattered showers are moving eastwards through central British Columbia and the Prairie Provinces, across the Great Lakes, and down St Lawrence Valley along an Arctic front. Accumulations today are minimal, and areas to the north and south of this line remain dry, with warm temperatures in southern regions.

Fire Restrictions: In British Columbia, open burning is prohibited in the Prince George, Kamloops Cariboo regions.

In Alberta, fire bans are in effect for Peace River Wildland provincial park, Long Lake provincial park, North Bruderheim provincial recreational area, Rochon Sands provincial park, Buffalo Lake Provincial recreational area, Big Knife provincial park, Dry Island Buffalo Jump provincial park, Bleriot Ferry provincial recreation area, Birch Hills County, County of Barrhead, Barrhead, Westlock County, Town of Westlock, Thorhild County, Smoky Lake County, Lamont County, Two Hills County, County of Vermillion, South View, Silver Sands, Villiage of Wabamum, Summer Village of Ross Haven, Yellowstone, Summer Village of Val Quentin, Town of Onoway, Itaska Beach, Flagstaff County, Village of Donalda, Summer Village of White Sands, Summer Village of Rochon Sands, Village of Gadsby, County of Stettler, Village of Big Valley, Halkirk, Town of Castor, Kneehill County, Mountain View County. Fire Restrictions and Advisory’s are in effect across the remainder of the province.

Saskatchewan has issued a ban on all open fires south of the Churchill River to the U.S border.

In Manitoba, burning restrictions are in place for Areas 1-5 and 7-9.

In Ontario, fire bans are in place in Aaron, Arrow Lake, Blue Lake, Brightsand River, Gibson River, Hardy Lake, Kakabeka Falls, Kopka River, Neys, Obonga-Ottertooth, Ojibway, Pakwash, Pigeon River, Quetico, Rainbow Falls, Rushing River, Sandbar Lake, Silver Lake, Sleeping Giant, Whitesand and Windigo Bay, and Woodland Caribou Provincial Parks.

In Nova Scotia, there are restrictions in Antigonish, Colchester, Digby, Guysborough, Halifax, Lunenburg, Pictou, Queens, Shelburne, and Yarmouth Counties

New Brunswick is not allowing burning permits in Madawaska, Restigouche, Gloucester, and Northumberland Counties.

Current graphs

Note: For provinces, PC = Parks Canada

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