Weather has a significant impact on wildfires – in how they start, how aggressively they spread, and how long they burn. As fire danger ratings change during the summer season, it’s important to be aware of the current rating and take precautionary steps to ensure you are lowering your risk of starting a fire.
From April to October, the computer-based Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) is updated daily with either low, moderate, high, or extreme fire danger rating. The City of Abbotsford has an open burning ban in effect from May 1, 2022, to September 30, 2022. You can learn more about open burning season on our Check Before You Burn webpage.
Our current fire danger rating is Low.
As per the BC Government, the danger class ratings mean:
- Low: Fires may start easily and spread quickly but there will be minimal involvement of deeper fuel layers or larger fuels.
- Moderate: Forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of surface fires starting. Carry out any forest activities with caution.
- High: Forest fuels are very dry and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts. Extreme caution must be used in any forest activities. Open burning and industrial activities may be restricted.
- Extreme: Extremely dry forest fuels and the fire risk is very serious. New fires will start easily, spread rapidly, and challenge fire suppression efforts. General forest activities may be restricted, including open burning, industrial activities and campfires.