The 1991 forest fire report of Canada, issued by the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC), shows that Canada experienced an average fire year with 10,343 fires on 1.6 million hectares (Tab.1). The 1991 statistics show once again that fires in the Observation Zone (definition: see Tab. 1) account for only 5% (506) of the total fire starts, yet account for 60% of the total burned area (958,899 ha). The fire statistics of Canada for the last ten years are compiled in Tables 2 and 3.
Tab.1 The 1991 Forest Fire Statistics of Canada
1) Areas in which fires are actively fought until out
2) Areas in which fires may be allowed to burn unchecked but could be fought if they threaten areas of higher value
Tab.2: Total area affected by wildfires in Canada between1981 and 1991. The ten-year average is for the 1981-1990 period.
Source: Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre
Tab.3: Total number of wildfires (lightning and man-caused) in Canada between 1981 and 1991. The ten-year average is for the 1981-1990 period.
Source: Canadian Interagency Fire Centre.
From: Tom Johnston
Operations Manager Address:
Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre
210-301 Weston Street
CDN-Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3H4