New on­line map shows wild­fire risk

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ATLANTIC -

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.

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