2018 B.C. wildfires: Interactive map, air quality, smoke advisories

Thick smoke blanketing British Columbia communities far from any flames — including Vancouver where the haze Monday obscured the city's mountain views — could be particularly harmful for children and seniors, but anyone with poor health should take precautions, says a senior scientist. Full story

On Vancouver Island, thick smoke grounded firefighting helicopters trying to dampen the 90-hectare wildfire burning on a steep slope in Zeballos on Monday.

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In Prince George on Tuesday, Premier John Horgan said successive B.C. governments have budgeted "laughable" amounts of money to fight wildfires that are becoming all too common through the ravages of climate change.

More from the B.C. Wildfire Service:

Air quality

Much of British Columbia remains under a smoky skies advisory, indicated by grey on the map below

B.C. advisories, Aug. 21, 2018

Smoky skies bulletins are in place for Northwestern BC, Eastern BC, Central and Southern Interior, Central and South Coast, and Vancouver Island. See Environment Canada or the province's website for more details.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the health risk from air quality was considered moderate, high or very high across the province. On Vancouver Island, the West Shore, Nanaimo, Parksville and the Comox Valley are ranked very high (10+), and Duncan, Victoria and Saanich are high (10). More information can be found here.

Here's the smoke forecast covering Tuesday morning through Thursday morning:

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Weather

The hot weather continues in B.C., with several new records set on Monday:

Road closures

There are several road closures in effect in B.C.

The most up-to-date information can be found on the Drive B.C. site, the Drive B.C. Twitter account, and via the Transportation Ministry.

Interactive map of current wildfires in B.C.

This interactive map of active B.C. wildfires is based on data from the B.C. Wildfire Service. It was last updated at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 21, 2018.

Click on map icons for more information on each fire. Small yellow icons indicate fires that are 100 hectares or smaller. Small red icons are fires between 100 and 500 hectares. Large yellow icons are fires between 500 and 1,000 hectares. Small purple icons are 1,000 to 5,000 hectares. Large yellow icons indicate fires between 5,000 and 10,000 hectares. Large red icons are fires between 10,000 and 15,000 hectares. Large purple icons are 15,000 hectares and larger. You can zoom in or out by clicking on the + or - buttons in the lower right corner.

The largest fire on the map is the Ramsey Creek fire, estimated at almost 40,000 hectares. 

For the most up-to-date information, see the B.C. Wildfire Service's map [might not load if there's high traffic]: B.C. active wildfires

Wildfires of note

Wildfires of note are wildfires that are highly visible or which pose a potential threat to public safety.

Southeast Fire Centre 
• Blacktail Mountain 
• Blazed Creek 
• Bulldog Mountain (formerly South of Renata Creek) 
• Coal Creek FSR 
• Cross River 
• Deer Creek 
• Glenogle and Porcupine 
• Hunter Creek 
• Lost Dog Complex 
• Lynch Creek 
• McArthur Creek 
• Meachen Creek 
• Parks Canada wildfire -Kootenay wildfire complex 
• Randal Creek 
• Sage Creek 
• Santa Rosa 
• Shannon Creek 
• Syringa Creek 
• Toronto Creek 
• Whitetail Creek

Cariboo Fire Centre 
• Blackwater River 
• Mayfield Lake 
• Narcosli Creek 
• North Baezaeko 
• Shag Creek 
• Wild Goose Lake

Prince George Fire Centre 
• Chutanli Lake 
• Gromet Hill 
• North of Tezzeron Lake 
• Purvis Lake

Northwest Fire Centre 
• Alkali Lake 
• Cheslaslie Arm 
• Elbow Lake 
• Gilmore Lake Wildfire 
• Island Lake Wildfire 
• Nadina Lake 
• Pope FSR 
• Shovel Lake 
• Torkelsen Lake 
• Verdun Mountain 
• W Babine River

Kamloops Fire Centre 
• Cool Creek 
• Gottfriedsen Mountain 
• Grouse Creek 
• Harris Creek FSR 
• Juliet Creek 
• Mabel Creek 
• Old Tom Creek 
• Snowy Mountain 
• Sugar Mountain

Coastal Fire Centre 
• Gold Valley Main 
• Larry Lake 
• Mt. Hicks 
• Pinder Creek 
• Tweedsmuir Complex

Evacuation orders and alerts

Local regional districts and governments are the best source of information for up-to-date evacuation orders and alerts.

Emergency Info B.C. also shares information via its map (desktop versionmobile version), Twitter account and website.

Fire danger rating

The fire danger rating (that is, the risk of a wildfire starting) for the province is updated daily at about 2 p.m.

What the danger class ratings mean

Fire danger rating Aug. 21, 2018

Low: Fires may start easily and spread quickly but there will be minimal involvement of deeper fuel layers or larger fuels.

Moderate: Forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of surface fires starting. Carry out any forest activities with caution.

High: Forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities. Open burning and industrial activities may be restricted.

Extreme: Extremely dry forest fuels and the fire risk is very serious. New fires will start easily, spread rapidly, and challenge fire suppression efforts. General forest activities may be restricted, including open burning, industrial activities and campfires.

Fire bans

Bans on campfires and open fires are in place across B.C. Note: Fire bans and restrictions apply to all B.C. Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

Good to know: B.C. has some of the stiffest penalties for wildfire violations.

For more information on the bans, go to the B.C. Wildfire page.

Useful links

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General information

Emergency alerts and evacuation orders

Weather and air quality

Traffic and roads

About the fires

Fire bans

Campfires in B.C. parks

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