Wildfire Smoke Forecasts for Eastern Canada

The animation provides an hour-by-hour forecast of smoke from wildfires in Eastern Canada up to 48 hours in the future. Different exposure levels of smoke are provided in colours that correspond to different concentrations of PM2.5 at ground-level. The forecast is updated every morning and afternoon. Use the drop-down list below to change the time zone for the forecast. Wildfire smoke forecasts for Western Canada can be found at: www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/.

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Disclaimer: the output is considered experimental as the forecast is produced by a prototype system that is an ongoing research project and subject to uncertainties in weather forecasts, smoke dispersion and fire emissions.

For example, the system uses satellite detections to locate fires. If there is cloud cover or smoke that obscures their detection from space, the resulting smoke from these fires will not be accounted for in the forecast.

For users with the Google Earth desktop client, the smoke forecast is also available via Google Earth for:

Note: file size changes daily depending upon the level of fire activity.

See Viewing the Eastern Canada BlueSky Wildfire Smoke Forecasts in Google Earth (PDF: 238 KB/1 page) for instructions on using the KMZ files in Google Earth.

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These smoke forecasts are produced by the Eastern Canada BlueSky Smoke Forecasting System operating at the University of British Columbia. For more detailed information about the system, see The BlueSky Eastern Canada Wildfire Smoke Forecasting System (PDF: 217 KB/6 pages). The system was developed through the collaborative efforts of the following partners: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Canada, University of British Columbia and the United States Forest Service. In addition to the above partners, this work 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.

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Government of British Columbia University of British Columbia United States Forest Service
Natural Resources Canada Canadian Safety and Security Program

Comments on the output, or questions about the system and forecasts should be directed to: bcairquality@gov.bc.ca.