Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: June 21, 2017

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
5 29 34
2017
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 1,415 2,579 38 40 27,797
Area
(ha)
91,039 568,158 14 4,170 1,036,156

Fires of note

  • There are no priority fires to report this week.
  • Interagency mobilization

    The National Preparedness Level is 1, as are most provinces and territories. The Northwest Territories and Parks Canada are at level 2. During this reporting period, one personnel has been exchanged between agencies.

    Weekly Synopsis

    Canada has recorded 1415 fires so far this year, which have burned 91039 ha. Most of the 90 fires that burned over the last week occurred in western Canada, with Alberta being the most active (18% of fires were there), while most of the area burned over the last week (totalling 20721 hectares) was in Yukon (accounting for 95% of the area burned this week). Seasonal fire occurrence and area burned are both significantly below the 10-year average (38% and 14% respectively).

    Fire danger has fluctuated markedly over the past week, and is expected to remain low to moderate through most of the country today. Exceptions are southernmost parts of the western provinces, western Ontario, and a band from Great Slave Lake to northern Yukon, where high to extreme fire danger persists. Lightning in the dry northern areas is likely to trigger more fires, with some becoming quite large outside managed zones. Elsewhere, conditions are not conducive to fire activity. A low pressure system in Saskatchewan is producing showers through the southern two-thirds of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and an Arctic from extending west from this low is dropping south and bringing showers to northern Alberta and eastern British Columbia. A low in Quebec is sending showers through most areas east of the Ontario/Quebec border.

    In British Columbia, open burning is restricted in the Coastal and Southeast Fire Zones, and prohibited in the Kamloops and Cariboo Fire Zone. Campfire bans are not included in these restrictions. Refer to the BC Wildfire Service website for more information on fire bans and restrictions.

    In Alberta, Fire Restrictions are in place Birch Hill and Lamont Counties. Also, fire advisories are in effect for Beaver County, County of Minburn, County of Two Hills, and Leduc County.

    In Yukon, no campfire bans are in place, and burning permits are suspended in Dawson.

    In Northwest Territories, no fire bans appear to have been reported.

    Saskatchewan currently has no fire bans.

    In Manitoba, open fires are prohibited from April 1 to November 15, except under burning permits or in enclosed, approved fire pits. Activities in wooded areas involving fireworks or sky lanterns may also require written authorization during this period in certain areas.

    Ontario, full fire bans are in effect in Sandbanks, Whitesand and Windigo Bay Provincial Parks.

    Quebec currently has no fire bans.

    New Brunswick currently has no fire bans.

    In Nova Scotia, burning is restricted in Antigonish, Cape Breton, Guysborough, Inverness, Richmond, and Victoria counties.

    In Prince Edward Island, burning permits are required for all outdoor burning throughout the fire season

    No fire bans appear to have been reported in Newfoundland.

    Prognosis

    Lightning in the Northwest Territories and central and northern Yukon may trigger more fires as these areas have been dry and are being missed by large-scale storm systems, which are moving regularly through central parts of the provinces. While fire danger in most of the country is still fluctuating greatly, it remains high to extreme in the Northwest Territories and northern Yukon. In southern British Columbia, conditions are slowly drying and the potential for new fires is growing slowly.

    Current graphs

    Note: For provinces, PC = Parks Canada

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