National Wildland Fire Situation Report

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: July 17, 2019

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Being Held Controlled Modified Response
82 25 48 28
2019
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 2,559 3,683 70 16 23,054
Area
(ha)
1,478,021 1,521,523 97 2,746 885,882

Priority fires

Alberta: The Chuckegg Creek Wildfire (334,134 ha) is currently 68% contained and out of control approximately 30 km South of the Town of High Level.

The Jackpot Creek Wildfire (74,332 ha), Battle Wildfire Complex (55,179 ha), and the McMillan Wildfire Complex (273,045 ha) are still active and listed as under control.

Ontario:

Pursuant to the Emergency Area Order signed July 9, 2019, an Implementation Order has been issued by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry prohibiting access and travel in portions of Red Lake District where there are public safety hazards as a result of active fire behaviour from a number of fires in the Red Lake area.

The Red Fire 023 is burning 5 km south of the Keewaywin Indian Reserve. The fire is currently 95,623 ha in size and listed as out of control. Keewaywin First Nation has declared a local state of emergency and all residents have been evacuated.

The Red Fire 038 and 039 have joined in a single fire approximately 5 km southwest of the community of Pikangikum. The fire is approximately 44,736 ha in size and listed as out of control. All Pikangikum First Nation residents have been evacuated.

The Red Fire 040 is approximately 40 km north of McKenzie Island. The fire is currently 30,212 ha in size and listed as out of control.

Interagency mobilization

Interagency mobilization:

The National Preparedness Level in Canada is 3 and the United States 2. Yukon, Alberta, and Ontario have a preparedness level of 3, Northwest Territories, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia are at 2, and all other agencies are at Level 1.

At this time, Alberta, Yukon, Manitoba, and Ontario are receiving resources from British Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Parks Canada, the United States (Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin), South Africa and Mexico.

Saskatchewan has mobilized aircraft to Alaska

Weekly Synopsis

A repeating weather pattern with frequent showers and thundershowers has provided ample forest floor moisture through the central parts of the provinces, leaving a wide swath of low fire weather indexes. Fire intensity has been greatly reduced across the Manitoba/Ontario border over the past few days. Showers in Yukon also have temporarily reduced fire intensity. Low indexes will continue in the central parts of the provinces as a large low pressure system slides through British Columbia into central Alberta today; however, the bulk of the associated rainfall stays below the High Level area and may not significantly affect the Chuckegg Creek fire. Another round of rain is crossing the Manitoba/Ontario border, and scattered showers are moving through southern parts of Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces.

Fire Restrictions:

In British Columbia, open burning is restricted in the Coastal, Kamloops, Southeast and Cariboo regions.

In Alberta, there are fire restrictions in the southeast with much of Alberta remaining under fire advisory.

In Yukon there are no fire bans in place for communities, however all burn permits are suspended in areas where fire danger ratings are moderate to extreme.

In Ontario, there is an Emergency Area Order in effect prohibiting access and travel in portions of Red Lake District where there are public safety hazards because of active fire behaviour. There are fire bans in effect for Egan Chutes, Gibson River, Hardy Lake, and Mark S. Burnham provincial parks.

The northwest region of New Brunswick including Madawaska and Victoria is under a Category 1 Burning advisory where burning permits are required.

Prognosis

A showery weather pattern continues in central and southern parts of the provinces into the July 20-21 weekend, leaving northern regions dry with high fire weather indexes. This pattern appears to change early in the week of July 21 as a ridge builds over western Canada, providing warm and dry weather and raising fire weather indexes. With ample rainfall in central British Columbia and Alberta, a week or more of drying is necessary before significant fire is likely. The dry northern regions will be more susceptible to fire as this change of flow provides hotter weather and greater thunderstorm potential. This could lead to fires in northern Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Northwest Territories, where activity has been quiet to date. This pattern could also reinvigorate existing fires in Yukon and along the Manitoba/Ontario border. Dry conditions and rising indexes are likely in eastern Canada as low pressure in northern Quebec maintains a westerly flow and forces moisture across James Bay, northern Quebec, and Labrador, or bumping moisture from the southeastern USA over the Atlantic Ocean.

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