Visit the government of Canada's coordinated Wildfire page for information on the emergency response, support and health measures for current wildfire events across Canada.

Prepare for wildfires

In Canada, wildfires (also called forest fires) happen year-round. The most active period is from May through September, but hold-over fires can smolder throughout the winter. Wildfires can cause extensive damage and put lives in danger. Smoke from wildfires can be a significant health hazard.

Why prepare for wildfires

The behaviour of a wildfire is difficult to predict as many factors can impact the results - how quickly it spreads, where it spreads, how much heat is given off, how much fuel is consumed, how much smoke is generated. To better prepare for a wildfire event, including smoke, know about the risks to yourself, your household, your community and region. Know what to do before a wildfire is nearby. Find information on wildfire smoke, air quality and health.


What to do

Before a wildfire

Protect your home, educate your household and prepare yourself.

During a wildfire

Stay calm. Know what to do.

After a wildfire

Assess the situation. Remember that dangerous situations may exist.

Where to start

You can protect members of your household and your property by learning more about wildfires and by taking proper precautions. Make sure that you:


Stay informed

Access wildfire information shared by province and territories.

Canadian Wildland Fire Information System

Find detailed information about wildfire conditions across Canada.

FireSmart® Canada

Learn how to increase wildfire resilience and minimize impacts.

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