GFMC: Forest Fires in Canada

Forest Fires in Canada

24 August 2001


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 (1km) resolution. You can also click on any fire and get information about that fire.

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The satellite image, the daily fire overview map and the season-to-date
hotspot map for 21 August respectively 22 August 2001 display the current significant fire events.
(Source: FireM3)

 

A weekly National Forest Fire Situation Report report is available online every Friday. The report provides year-to-date fire number and area burned, information on problem fires, interagency mobilization, synopsis and prognosis.

 

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.

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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 latest available images of the Canadian Fire Weather Index System 23 August 2001.
(Source: cwfis)

 

Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI)
The following significant events were identified by Satellite Analysis Branch meteorologists and reviewed by the OSEI support team:

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NESDIS/OSEI NOAA-12  AVHRR  satellite image, 22 August 2001.
Heat signatures (red) and smoke (light blue haze) are visible from fires burning in 
British Columbia, Canada, and Montana, U.S.A.. The Werner Peak  Complex 
fire
has burned 1,120 acres in Flathead National Forest and was 10% contained.
 This Information is from the National Interagency Fire Center Wildland Fire Update
on 8/21/2001.
(Source: OSEI/NOAA)


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