New online map shows wildfire risk
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — As firefighters on Canada’s west coast battle wildfires sweeping through the British Columbia Interior, the country’s eastern-most province is hoping a new tool will help stomp out forest fires before they start. Newfoundland and Labrador has released an online forest fire hazard map that provides real-time information about the risk of wildfires throughout the province.
The risk ratings range from low to extreme, and are colour-coded from blue to red. The provincial map is broken down into 23 fire management zones, which are assessed using data from weather stations.
The fire hazard is a relative rating of how easy it is to ignite forest vegetation, how fast a fire may spread and how difficult a fire may be to control.