National Wildland Fire Situation Report

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

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Current as of: July 8, 2020

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Being Held Controlled Modified Response
22 9 54 7
2020
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 2,175 3,084 71 18 26,527
Area
(ha)
185,039 1,231,212 15 1,312 617,401

Priority fires

There are no priority fires.

Interagency mobilization

Canada is at national preparedness level 2, indicating active agencies are unable to independently accomplish incident management objectives without some support. Resource capability remains stable enough nationally to sustain incident operations and meet objectives in active agencies. Ontario is at level 3, Quebec is at level 2, and all other agencies are at level 1.

The United States is at preparedness level 3 indicating mobilization of resources nationally is required to sustain incident management operations in the active geographic areas.

Nationally, there were 126 lightning caused fire starts this week. Fire activity is below normal for number of fires for this time of year and well below average for area burned. At this time, 21 personnel have been mobilized to Quebec from Ontario, and one overhead to Northwest Territories from Alberta, as well as 100 pumps, 4000 lengths of hose have been mobilized to Quebec from Ontario, and 6 aircraft have been mobilized to Ontario from Manitoba. No international crews are currently active in Canada.

Weekly Synopsis

Please check with your jurisdiction for restrictions and/or closures to campgrounds parks as provinces, territories, and national parks begin to lift restrictions due to Covid-19.

In Alberta, there are widespread fire advisories across the province and fire bans in Elk Island National Park and Lethbridge. British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador have no provincial/territorial fire restrictions in place. There are multiple Ontario provincial parks with open fire bans, and fire permits are required in Prince Edward Island.

A series of Pacific storms continue to march into western Canada. One system on the British Columbia coast is providing showers to much of the province, while another storm centre in southern Saskatchewan is dropping substantial rain in Alberta and Saskatchewan. More sunshine is present from Manitoba through Quebec, although spotty thunderstorms, which may trigger more fires, are popping up. A band of cloud and showers is moving through the Atlantic Provinces.

Prognosis

The Pacific storm path remains unchanged, with systems dropping south along the British Columbia coast, moving east through the Prairie Provinces, and rising to the northeast through Manitoba or western Ontario. Moisture pulled north along the Atlantic coast will give eastern Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces regular rainfall. This will keep conditions moist and fire indexes low through southern Yukon, the Mackenzie Mountains in the Northwest Territories, most of the western provinces, and eastern Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces. Northern Yukon, the Northwest Territories away from mountain ranges, and Ontario through western Quebec will tend to be drier, with rising fire weather indexes. Occasional thundershowers in these drier regions may trigger new fires, continuing the pattern of the past few days. Overall, conditions should remain generally quiet.

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