August 24, 2018 ~ Luckily there is rain the weather forecast for next week, but the forest fire HAZARD rating for Green Bay and the Baie Verte Peninsula today is ‘HIGH’.
The fires risk rating forecast for tomorrow, August 25th, is also ‘high’.
Fire risk ratings can change daily.
On its website, the Province’s Forestry and Agrifoods Agency defines the ‘HIGH’ rating as:
“Weather conditions have continued to dry forest vegetation increasing the risk of wildfires occurring. Fires may start easily, burn quickly, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Caution should be exercised when conducting activities on forested land. Fire permits are suspended, open burning is prohibited and industrial activities may be restricted.”
The ratings maps are updated daily.
Forest fire hazard ratings are available online for residents of Newfoundland & Labrador. There are two Forest Fire Hazard maps — One map shows the current fire hazard level, and the other gives a hazard forecast. The Forest Fire Hazard maps cover 23 fire management zones throughout the province.
The fire hazard level is a rating of how easily a fire may start, how fast a fire may spread and how hard a fire may be for fighters to control.
The rating is calculated using data collected from 22 weather stations.
Go to the Fire Hazard map ACTUAL.
Go to the Fire Hazard map FORECAST.
Get more information at http://www.faa.gov.nl.ca
As of August 24, 2018, there are currently no active wild fires in the province.
But there have been 104 recorded wild fires so far this year.
In total last year 80 fires burned a total of 699.8 hectares, which was below the 10-year average of 115 fires per year.
The 2018 forest fire season is in effect from May 1 to September 30 on the island portion of the province and from May 15 to September 30 in Labrador.