Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

National Wildland Fire Situation Report

Archived reports

Current as of: July 19, 2017

Current active fires
Uncontrolled Controlled Modified Response
90 88 184
2017
(to date)
10-yr avg
(to date)
% normal Prescribed U.S.
Number 2,520 3,908 65 47 35,154
Area
(ha)
922,066 1,627,361 57 6,730 1,814,114

Fires of note

  • BC: 6 fires (175393 ha.). Many active fires threatening infrastructure and private property. Several evacuation orders and alerts issued, but residents of Cache Creek will be able to return home. An unknown number of structures have been affected by the Elephant Hill fire in particular.
  • ON: 2 fires (10534 ha.). Limited action to protect Peawanuck.
  • PC: 2 fires (2590 ha.). Containing to natural barriers.
  • Interagency mobilization

    The National Preparedness Level is 5 with British Columbia at level 5 and Parks Canada at level 4. The fires in British Columbia are accounting for most of the area burned this week and has caused several evacuations. All agencies are mobilizing resources to British Columbia. The US is at a level 4 preparedness level with wildfire activity moderating throughout the country.

    Weekly Synopsis

    Canada has recorded 2,520 fires so far this year, which have burned 922,066 ha. Most of the 245 fires that burned over the last week occurred in western Canada, with British Columbia (28.2%) being the most active and Alberta (15.1%) being the second, while most of the 498,341 hectares burned over the last week was in British Columbia (57%) and Yukon (27%). Lightning accounted for about 54% of the new fires. Seasonal fire occurrence and area burned remain significantly below the 10-year average (65% and 57% respectively).

    Cloud in Yukon is limited to the southern half of the territory, where a few showers will likely fall along the remnants of a lingering Arctic front, supplemented with a bit of Pacific moisture. This provides a chance to view hotspot numbers in the north where recent shower activity may have reduced fire activity. Great Slave Lake to the Mackenzie Delta is clear, and with high to extreme fire danger, fire activity will continue, while showers or thundershowers develop in the southwest corner.

    Most of the provinces have only a few clouds, although moisture from the USA Midwest is triggering thundershowers over southern Manitoba and western Ontario. A frontal zone is producing showers or thundershowers from Labrador southwest through central Quebec into the Great Lakes area. High to extreme fire danger persists in the southern half of British Columbia, southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, northeastern Manitoba and northwestern Ontario, and most of the Maritime Provinces.

    In British Columbia, all fire centres have bans in place on open burning as well as campfires. Refer to the BC Wildfire Service website for more information on fire bans and restrictions. There are forest use restrictions in the Dunn Lake, Thuya Creek, and Elephant Hill areas where no one apart from authorized personnel may enter the areas.

    In Alberta, fire bans are in effect in Banff, Jasper, and Waterton lakes National Parks; The MDs of Acadia, Foothills, and Taber; the counties of Warner, Rocky View, Lethbridge, and Vulcan; as well as Calgary Forest Area (South), Canmore, and the town of Jasper. In these areas, the restriction only allows campfires in designated structures. Fire restrictions are in effect in Birch Hills County, Calgary Forest Area (North), Coalhurst, the County of Cardston, the County of Forty Mile No. 8, the MD of Willow Creek, the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Black Diamond, Turner Valley, and Special Areas. Consult the Alberta fire bans web page (https://www.albertafirebans.ca) for the nature of these restrictions. Fire advisories are in effect for County of Minburn, Beaver County, Airdrie, the County of Newell, Leduc County, Parkland County, Pincher Creek, Cochrane, Westlock County, Crossfield, and Drumheller.

    In Yukon, no fire bans are in place.

    In Northwest Territories, fire bans are in place at Fred Henne and Yellowknife River Territorial Parks until further notice.

    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 current has no fire bans.

    In Quebec, industrial burning licenses have been suspended and cancelled in the Baie-Comeau and Roberval regions.

    In New Brunswick, burning is restricted to the hours of 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. in the counties of Kent, Northumberland, Gloucester, and Restigouche.

    In Nova Scotia, burning is restricted to the hours of 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. in Annapolis, Cape Breton, Colchester, Cumberland, Digby, Guysborough, Halifax, Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Pictou, Queens, Shelburne, Victoria, and Yarmouth.

    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

    A small Pacific storm moves through southern British Columbia on Thursday, July 20 and increases shower frequency in the interior plateau. While most rain from this system will fall in the mountains east of the plateau, some interior regions may have enough rain to help with fire suppression. Once again, this will not be a fire-stopping event, and the danger exists for new lightning starts along the southern edge of the system in the southern Thompson and Okanagan regions.

    Patchy shower and thundershower activity with seasonal temperatures appears to prevail for the next week in much of the country. Pacific storm movement is uncertain beyond the weekend of July 22-23, although it seems to follow previous movement through central and northern regions of the western provinces. An Arctic system appears to move through northern Quebec and Labrador on the weekend and give cool, showery conditions, then clear out by Monday, July 24. The end result appears to maintain high fire danger from western Ontario to about Great Bear Lake in the Northwest Territories, and through southern British Columbia and the Prairie Provinces.

    Current graphs

    Note: For provinces, PC = Parks Canada

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