The 2018 fire season in Canada has begun, and Natural Resources Canada’s wildland fire researchers are forecasting much of Canada having above normal fire risk. Multiple climate models suggest most of the nation will have above normal temperatures, with some regions also experiencing drier than normal conditions. They stress, however, that while conditions in these areas may be conducive to widespread or intense fire behaviour, fire events depend on lightning or human ignitions occurring and under suitable conditions. Dry winter conditions in southern Manitoba have lead to spring fire activity. A rapid change from winter to summer-like conditions in the remainder of the Prairie Provinces and western Ontario may cause a gradual increase in fire danger before summer arrives.
By Natural Resources Canada