GFMC: Forest Fires in Canada, 4 August 2000

Forest Fires in Canada

4 August 2000

The Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) distributes timely information about forest fires in Canada. The current fire situation for 3 August 2000 can be summarized as follows:

over the last 24 hours: 57 fires for 20,633 ha season summary: 3,830 fires for 335,612 hectares


According to the National Forest Fire Situation Report of 26 July 2000 (updated every Friday), that a large fire in Saskatchewan near Uranium City (8 km from airport) is out of control at 24 700 ha. Winds are blowing away from the airport, which is not threatened at this time. A fire at Moab Lake in Jasper Park has reached 1050 ha and is expected to be under control soon. Area burned has risen to 15% of normal, due to several large fires in the Northwest Territories. Warmer and drier weather over much of the country will bring increased risk in all regions, particularly in central and northwestern Canada.

Number and area of forest fires in Canada, as of 26 July 2000

current uncontrolled controlled active modified 77 184 90   2000
(to date)
in %
of normal
Number 3,233 5,326 61% 40 Area (ha) 227,621 1,530,975 15% 7,863


The Fire Monitoring, Mapping, and Modelling (FireM3) is a collaboration of the Canadian Forest Service and the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing. Through the Map Link at the FireM3 web site 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 (1 km) resolution. You can also click on any fire and get information about that fire.

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Daily fire overview map and season-to-date hotspot map for 3 August 2000
(Source: FireM3)


The Canadian Forest Fire Weather Index (FWI) System is a part of the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System and consists of six components that account for the effects of fuel moisture and wind on fire behavior. The first three components are fuel moisture codes and are numerical ratings of the moisture content of litter and other fine fuels, the average moisture contentof loosely compacted organic layers of moderate depth, and the average moisture content of deep, compact organic layers. The remaining three components are fire behavior indexes which represent the rate of fire spread, the fuel available for combustion, and the frontal fire intensity; their values rise as the fire danger increases. For futher information please see the Summary Information.

The latest available images are shown below (2 August 2000):

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Fine Fuel Moisture Code click to enlarge (30 - 40 KB)
Duff Moisture Code click to enlarge (30 - 40 KB)
Drought Code click to enlarge (30 - 40 KB)
Initial Spread Index click to enlarge (30 - 40 KB)
Buildup Index click to enlarge (30 - 40 KB)
Fire Weather Index click to enlarge (30 - 40 KB)
Fire Danger Rating


The Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System is an other part of the Canadian Wildland Fire Information System and provides quantitative estimates of head fire spread rate, fuel consumption, fire intensity, and fire description. With the aid of an elliptical fire growth model, it gives estimates of fire area, perimeter, perimeter growth rate, and flank and back fire behavior. For futher information please see the Summary Information.

The latest available images are shown below (2 August 2000):

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Foliar Moisture Content click to enlarge (30 - 40 KB)
Surface Fuel Consumption click to enlarge (30 - 40 KB)
Rate of Spread click to enlarge (30 - 40 KB)
Total Fuel Consumption click to enlarge (30 - 40 KB)
Head Fire Intensity click to enlarge (30 - 40 KB)
Fire Type


The Saskatchewan Daily Forest Fire Situation Report (3 August 2000) is listing all forest fires currently burning in Saskatchewan and their current status. This report also gives statistics on the total number of fires to date. The whole report and further information can be accessed at the fire management website of “Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management” (SERM).

fires burning in the province today: 22 extinguished in the past 24 hours: 4 new fires: 4 total number of fires to date this year: 358 total up to this date last year: 562 five year average for this date: 564


British Columbia Forest Service Wildfire Report (3 August 2000):
Firefighting crews gear up for long weekend
More firefighting crews arrived today at the southeast fire centre in Castlegar to prepare for a busy long weekend. Over 170 firefighters from across the province have already been relocated to the southern Interior in anticipation of more wildfire starts over the holiday. Historically, the August long weekend is the busiest for firefighters. With the increased risk of wildfire starts, a campfire ban will be issued tonight. As of midnight and until further notice, the B.C. Forest Service is banning campfires in the southeast region of the province. This includes the Kootenay and Boundary areas. The north Columbia, which includes areas around Revelstoke and Golden, is exempt from this ban. Under the ban, lighting fires for cooking, warmth or ceremonial purposes is prohibited. The ban does not apply to provincial parks or supervised commercial campgrounds and picnic sites, which may still allow campfires. Stoves using gas, propane or briquettes are permitted. So far this year, 803 wildfires have burned almost 12,700 hectares across the province. Of the total, 412 of these fires were caused by people and 391 resulted from lighting strikes. By this date last year, 489 wildfires had burned 4,800 hectares.

Wildfire Statistics Report, 3 August 2000

Number of Fires Burning: 103 Number of New Fires (Lightning): 13 Number of New Fires (Human Caused): 2 Total Lightning Fires: 392 Total Human Caused Fires: 412 Total Fires to Date: 804 Total Area Burned (ha): 12,556

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Fire Danger Rating for British Columbia, 3 August 2000.
(Source: British Columbia Forest Service)



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