Forest Fires in Canada: 6 August 1999


Forest Fires in Canada

6 August 1999

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Fig.1. Hotspot overview, 5 August 1999
(Source: FireM3)

The above mentioned fire situation map can be directly accessed at the Fire Monitoring, Mapping, and Modelling (FireM3) Project website (the FireM3 project is a collaboration of the Canadian Forest Service and the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing). Through the Map Link you can access daily hotspot images. An Internet Map Server, which is like a simple GIS running on the host computer, allows you to zoom in on any fire or other area of interest and view the image and map data at full (1km) resolution. You can also click on any fire and get information about that fire.

Vegetation fires were detected by OSEI with the NOAA-15 POES AVHRR HRPT satellite on 5 August 1999.

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Fig.2. and 3. The left image shows heat signatures and very dense plumes of smoke from areas of fire burning west of the Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories. The smoke from these fires is drifting over the Mackenzie Bay. The right image shows heat signatures and smoke plumes from areas of fire burning to the southeast of Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories and in northern Saskatchewan.
Fig.4. The image below is showing forest fires in a close up view of two large fires in Northwest Territories on August 4. The fires were first detected by satellite June 18-19. The fire to the north is mostly obscured by cloud, while the fire to the south has burned about 138,000 ha or 1,380 km2 (based on a digitized perimeter).
(Source: FireM3)

According the INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SITUATION REPORT of 5 August 1999 following basic fire data were given for CANADA:

Number of FIRES since yesterday HECTARES burning since yesterday FIRES
YEAR-TO-DATE 127 7,399 5,252 1,185,105

Saskatchewan Daily Forest Fire Situation Report (10:00 AM Thursday, 5 August 1999):

There are 23 forest fires burning in the province today.
NO fires have been extinguished in the past 24 hours.
3 new fires have been reported.
Total number of fires to date this year is 567.
Total to date last year was 1015, FIVE year average is 540.

The whole report and further information can be accessed at the fire management website of Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management (SERM).

The Canadian Daily Fire Situation Report shows further detailed information regarding the fire situation in Canada, which, however, will not be mentioned here in detail. We refer to the corresponding home page.

Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, provides a National Forest Fire Situation Report which is updated every Friday. The report contains an overview of ongoing fires, special descripttion of problem fires, Interagency Resource Mobilization, Synopsis and Prognosis, and the following regularly updated graphs:

  • Number of Fires by province
  • Area Burned by province
  • Weekly Fire Occurrence
  • Weekly Area Burned
  • Seasonal Fire Occurrence
  • Seasonal Area Burned
  • Interagency Resource Mobilization
  • Number of Agencies Mobilized
  • Weekly Satellite Hot-Spots
  • Seasonal Satellite Hot-Spots

Regular updates on the currently ongoing International Crown Fire Modelling Experiment in the Northwest Territories (the experimental site is located 40 km northeast of Fort Providence  61.6° N, 117.2° W) is given in:


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