Infographic: Forest Fires in Canada – 2015

Forest fires are challenging for forest management because they have the potential to be at once harmful and beneficial. National fire trends are important for assessing the health of Canada’s forests and the effects of climate change.

See the number of forest fires and area burned across Canada in 2015 compared to the 10-year average.

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Map of Canada showing the area burned in hectares in 2015 and the 10-year average for each province and territory and the national parks represented in bar graph. Table showing the area burned in hectares in 2015 and the 10-year average for all provinces and territories and national parks as well as the total.
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Map of Canada showing the area burned in hectares in 2015 and the 10-year average for each province and territory and the national parks represented in bar graph.

The 2015 fire season was marked by an early and intense start. By the end of June, 4,076 fires had consumed more than 1,352,383 hectares (ha) across the country – nearly a 60% hike in area burned compared to the 10-year average. Canadian firefighters across the nation, with the help of nearly 500 firefighters from the U.S., Australia, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand, mobilized to fight the wildfires concentrated in western Canada. About 45% of the total forest area burned in 2015 was in Saskatchewan.

Table showing the area burned in hectares in 2015 and the 10-year average for all provinces and territories and national parks as well as the total.
Province/territory 2015 10-year average
British Columbia (BC) 280,445 127,302
Yukon (YT) 169,841 97,991
Alberta (AB) 492,536 177,842
Northwest Territories (NT) 646,955 606,577
Saskatchewan (SK) 1,758,376 575,954
Manitoba (MB) 47,358 228,617
Ontario (ON) 39,311 110,496
Quebec (QC) 5,380 338,525
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) 3,958 36,400
New Brunswick (NB) 262 326
Nova Scotia (NS) 517 868
Prince Edward Island (PE) 2 21
Nunavut (NU) - -
National parks 458,335 100,502
Total 3,903,276 2,401,481
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