Canada Long, hot wildfire season coming: researchers

04:00  17 may  2018
04:00  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Amid more than a dozen blaze bans, early wildfire conditions a concern, says province

  Amid more than a dozen blaze bans, early wildfire conditions a concern, says province Amid more than a dozen blaze bans, early wildfire conditions a concern, says provinceWith 17 fire bans already declared across Alberta, a provincial forestry official said wildfire conditions are considerably worse than last year.

Federal wildfire researchers say most regions in Canada could be facing a long , hot , fiery summer. "We've had a long , lingering winter and a bit of a slow start to the fire season , but the numbers are higher than the same time last year."

Federal wildfire researchers say most regions in Canada could be facing a long , hot , fiery summer. Wildfire starts and the amount of land burned were below average for the first few weeks of the season , but dry weather is turning things around, said Richard Carr, a fire research analyst with

a sunset in the background© Provided by thecanadianpress.com Federal wildfire researchers say most regions in Canada could be facing a long, hot, fiery summer.

Wildfire starts and the amount of land burned were below average for the first few weeks of the season, but dry weather is turning things around, said Richard Carr, a fire research analyst with Natural Resources Canada.

"We've had a long, lingering winter and a bit of a slow start to the fire season, but the numbers are higher than the same time last year."

Across the country, wildfire starts have been above average since the end of April. On the national fire danger map, the risk in almost all of the three most westerly provinces is rated at least high. Saskatchewan shows as almost entirely extreme.

Shifting winds create tricky conditions for fire crews near Bruderheim, Alta.

  Shifting winds create tricky conditions for fire crews near Bruderheim, Alta. It's a typical sign of early spring in Alberta: the tinder-dry, brown grass that ignites with a spark and burns with a fury. Add heat and wind and a small fire quickly becomes something that is difficult to contain. "With the wind picking up, it's starting to push the fire and feed oxygen to the fire, basically. And it's intensifying the fire," said Bob Scott, Strathcona County's deputy fire chief. "The warm temperatures aren't helping at all. And neither is the relative humidity as it drops."© Anna McMillan/CBC Shifting winds made it difficult to control two fires near Bruderheim, Alta., on Sunday.

Federal researchers say Canada may be heading into a long , hot summer in the forests. Richard Carr of Natural Resources Canada says wildfire Richard Carr of Natural Resources Canada says weather is expected to be hotter and drier than normal in most parts of the country in the coming months.

Long , hot wildfire season . The Canadian Press - May 16, 2018 / 10:18 am | Story: 226436. Federal researchers say Canada may be heading into a long , hot summer in the forests. He says weather is expected to be hotter and drier than normal in most parts of the country in the coming months.

Two provinces have already had their first evacuations of the year. About 40 people in Crutwell, Sask., have had to flee their homes at least twice. Seven families in Lac du Bonnet, Man., also had to leave.

Manitoba has counted 119 fires so far. Last year at this time, the figure was 27 and the year before that it was 58.

Nationally, the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre says Canada is about 100 fires ahead of the 10-year average for early May.

Although some parts of the country are flooding, much of the forested area remains dry, said Carr.

"It's pretty dry across that whole stretch, right from British Columbia to western Ontario."

Ontario has banned open fires in its northwest and Alberta has posted bans in many parks and municipalities. A ban in Saskatchewan covers Crown land in provincial parks, except in the Cypress Hills.

Janvier residents put on alert as crews fight wildfire

  Janvier residents put on alert as crews fight wildfire Fort McMurray — Residents of Janvier are being warned to prepare for a possible evacuation after an out-of-control wildfire was spotted 10 kilometres south of the rural hamlet. No evacuation order has been issued and as of 9:34 p.m., municipal and provincial officials say the hamlet is not in danger. No evacuation orders or warnings […]Fort McMurray — Residents of Janvier are being warned to prepare for a possible evacuation after an out-of-control wildfire was spotted 10 kilometres south of the rural hamlet.

Federal wildfire researchers say most regions in Canada could be facing a long , hot , fiery summer. “We’ve had a long , lingering winter and a bit of a slow start to the fire season , but the numbers are higher than the same time last year.”

Federal wildfire researchers say most regions in Canada could be facing a long , hot , fiery summer. Wildfire starts and the amount of land burned were below average for the first few weeks of the season , but dry weather is turning things around, said Richard Carr

The Alberta government produces a map that displays how dry forests are. Almost the entire forested region of the province rates at least 89 out of 100.

More worrisome are Environment Canada's weather predictions for the summer. Although precipitation is difficult to predict and some rainy relief is expected by July, Carr said the data suggests it will mostly be hot and dry.

"There's still a fair amount of Canada that's showing drier than normal conditions," he said.

"If we get rain during that time, we might go into a lull and have a normal summer. But if it stays dry — and it looks like there's a chance that it might — we might be a busier season.

"A number of models are predicting a warm summer across North America. That's really increased."

Canada has about 8,000 wildfires every year that burn an average 21,000 square kilometres of forest. The amount burned varies widely from year to year, but federal statistics suggest that figure has been rising for the last several years.

Scientists theorize that increased wildfires will be one of the main effects of climate change as hotter weather and less predictable precipitation creates more volatile forests.

Fire conditions are tough to predict. Heavy rains, lightning strikes or gusting winds can change everything.

But Carr said conditions are lining up for a difficult summer.

"It is picking up pace now."

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