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.

View current forecast »



New Playground Available
July 3, 2024     We are pleased to announce that a new, improved version of BlueSky Playground is now available. Playground is an ad-hoc, on-demand smoke modelling tool which allows users to create emissions scenarios for prescribed burns and wildfires, then model the resulting smoke dispersion. You can access Playground - Express from the Playground page; more advanced versions are under development.
Planned Maintenance Outage
June 19, 2024     A maintenance outage is planned for Thursday, June 20, 18:00-23:59 PDT (UTC-7) to upgrade network infrastructure in the data centre. Access to may be interrupted during this time.
End Of Canadian Fire Season
November 1, 2023     We are now only publishing one smoke forecast per day now that the Canadian fire season is over (March 1 - October 31). This forecast is typically published around 15:00 UTC, depending on the number of fires burning, met forecast availability, etc.
French Translation
July 19, 2023     We now have a French version of the website available. Look for the "Fr" link in the navbar at the top of each page to switch to French, and the corresponding "En" link to switch back to English.


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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