These smoke forecasts are produced by the BlueSky Canada Smoke Forecasting System operating at the University of British Columbia. Smoke forecasts are published during the Canadian wildland fire season, which runs from April to September. For more information about the system, see The BlueSky Canada Wildfire Smoke Forecasting System.
The BlueSky Canada forecasting system was developed through the collaborative efforts of the following partners:
- B.C. Ministry of Environment
- B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
- Alberta Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
- Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
- Manitoba Health
- Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
- Natural Resources Canada
- Environment Canada
- Parks Canada
- University of British Columbia
- United States Forest Service
In addition to these partners, the BlueSky Canada project is supported by the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP-2012-CP-1182) which is managed by Defence Research and Development Canada's Centre for Security Science.
Click on a forecast's ID button to view the current forecast.
|Forecast ID||Domain||Meteorology||Frequency||Normally Published||Other Link|
|BSC00CA04 »||Canada||Initialized 00 UTC, nested 4 km + 12 km grids||Once a day||05:00 (Eastern) / 02:00 (Pacific)||Traditional forecast|
|BSC06CA12 »||Canada||Initialized 06 UTC, 12 km grid||Once a day||11:00 (Eastern) / 08:00 (Pacific)||Traditional forecast|
|BSC12CA12 »||Canada||Initialized 12 UTC, 12 km grid||Once a day||17:00 (Eastern) / 14:00 (Pacific)||Traditional forecast|
|BSC18CA12 »||Canada||Initialized 18 UTC, 12 km grid||Once a day||23:00 (Eastern) / 20:00 (Pacific)||Traditional forecast|
Archived forecasts are available for viewing, but we don't have a searchable index. To access a previous forecast you need to type the following URL patterns into your browser's address bar.
- Active forecasts:
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/BSC00CA04/YYYYMMDDHH/(using 00 UTC meteorology)
where HH = 09 (or HH = 08 prior to 20180726)
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/BSC00CA12/YYYYMMDDHH/(using 06 UTC meteorology)
where HH = 14
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/BSC18CA12/YYYYMMDDHH/(using 12 UTC meteorology)
where HH = 20
http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/BSC18CA12/YYYYMMDDHH/(using previous day's 18 UTC meteorology)
where HH = 02
- Inactive forecasts:
- West forecasts:
- East forecasts:
- West forecasts:
YYYYMMDD= the date of the forecast run
HH= the UTC time of the forecast run;
20for West forecasts & Canada forecasts using 00 UTC met,
14for East forecasts & Canada forecasts using 18 UTC met
Google Earth KMZ files and raw data NetCDF files for archived forecasts can be downloaded directly by appending the following file names to the forecast URL patterns (above).
- Google Earth KMZ file:
- Raw data NetCDF file:
Do you have a question about these forecasts? Check out the FAQ ...
BlueSky Canada smoke forecasts are considered experimental because they are produced by a system that is an ongoing research project and subject to uncertainties in fire emissions, weather forecasts and smoke dispersion. For example, the system uses satellite imaging to locate fires. If there is cloud cover or smoke that obscures the detection of fires from space, the resulting smoke from these fires will not be accounted for in the forecasts.
Current operations supported by:
Development & past operations supported by: