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Active Forest Fires

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To report a fire contact us at:

 1-866-709-FIRE (3473)

 

Last Updated: October 1, 2013 10:00 a.m. NDT

Please note: The 2013 Forest Fire Season ended as of midnight September 30, 2013.  This page will be updated during the 2014 Forest Fire Season.

 

Definitions

Fire Status:
The Fire Status is an indication of the fire's current condition and is categorized as Out of Control (O/C), Contained (C), or Under Control (U/C)

  • Out-of-Control (O/C): A wildfire not responding or only responding on a limited basis to suppression action such that perimeter spread is not being contained.
  • Contained (C): Indicates that with currently committed resources, sufficient suppression action has been taken that the wildfire is not likely to spread beyond existent or predetermined boundaries under prevailing and forecasting conditions.
  • Under Control (UC): A wildfire having received sufficient suppression action to ensure no further spread of the fire.

Hot Spot:
A small area of smouldering or glowing combustion, which may be exhibiting smoke, located on or within the wildfire perimeter; a term commonly used during the mop-up stage of a fire.

Hectare (ha.):
The hectare is the metric unit of area measurement and can be considered in the following ways:

  • 1 hectare = 100metres by 100 metres or 0.01 km²
  • 1 hectare = 2.47 acres

Note: Estimated Area - Fire size is usually just an estimate until after the fire is out, when it can be properly measured. Often, an accurate estimate is difficult due to the smoke that can accompany a large active fire. This is why a fire can end up being much bigger, or much smaller than originally estimated.

 
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