FireSmoke Canada

Welcome to the Canadian portal for information about wildland fire weather and smoke. From here you can access the BlueSky Canada smoke forecasts, fire weather forecasts, fire information, and the BlueSky Playground. The Weather Forecast Research Team at the University of British Columbia produces these research forecasts with support from multiple agencies. These tools and data serve professionals in the air quality, health & safety, emergency management, and science & research communities as well as the public. We are also a community of practice that advances policies, plans & organizations to address wildland fire and smoke issues.


Smoke Forecasts

High resolution, interactive forecasts of
hourly, daily average and daily maximum
concentrations of PM2.5 smoke particles
at ground level from wildfires.

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No Fires To Process
January 18, 2023     There are currently no active fires within our forecast domain, so the smoke forecast map is fixed at the last available forecast that our modelling system produced on January 2, 2023. Daily operational forecasts will resume once fire activity picks up again for the 2023 season. Update: As of Feb 1, daily operational forecasts have resumed.
Service Interruption
July 15, 2022     The website and services will not be available for much of Saturday, July 23, 2022. Services such as Smoke Forecasts, Fire Weather Forecasts, SmartFire and Playground will be down completely for a maintenance outage from 07:00-11:00 PDT, and these services may be down intermittently for testing between 11:00-17:00 PDT. Thank you for your patience during this time.
Forecast Map Improvements
September 1, 2021     Improvements have been made to maximize the visible smoke forecast on small screens, including relocating the information sidebar to a hidden drawer and minimizing the animation controls. Local time is now displayed by default, and URL parameters can be used to pan and zoom the map when the current forecast is loaded. Note: If the forecast map is not displaying correctly on your device, use Ctrl+F5 or Cmd+Shift+R to force your browser to update your cache. Visit the News page for more details on these improvements.
Video Tutorials
July 22, 2021     Four video tutorials are now available, covering interpretation of the smoke and fire weather forecasts as well as using the Playground. These tutorials can be viewed on the WFRT BlueSky Tutorials playlist.


Fire data acquisition, reconciliation and GIS database. Data streams with satellite hotspot detects and ground reports are available for browsing and downloading in multiple formats for use in modelling and forecasting systems.

Access SmartFire »


Ad hoc, on-demand smoke modelling tool. Create emissions scenarios for prescribed burns and wildfires, then model and view the resulting smoke dispersion forecast.

Access Playground »

Fire Weather Forecasts

Interactive, high-resolution Fire Weather Index forecasts using gridded numerical weather prediction data for use in wildfire models and wildfire incident command briefings.

Access FWF »


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