Fire Locations - Current

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - BC Wildfire Service
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

Wildfire location points for the current fire season. This includes both active and inactive fires. Data is supplied through various sources and is updated from the operational systems every two hours. These points are rolled over to Historical Fire Points on April 1 of each year.

Wildfire data may not reflect the most current fire situation, and therefore should only be used for reference purposes. Wildfire data is refreshed when practicable and individual fire update frequency will vary. The information is intended for general purposes only and should not be relied on as accurate because fires are dynamic and circumstances may change quickly.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


This data can be used for visual or analytical purposes.

Contact Information

NameDevona Hay (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationBC Wildfire Service

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2011-03-09
Record Last Modified 2021-05-14
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description


Short Name: C_FIRE_PNT
Comments: PROT_CURRENT_FIRE_PNTS_SP contains coordinate locations of current/active fire incidents. The data contains the spatial representation of the location coordinate point where the incident is occuring, zone information, and a geographic description.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
FIRE_NUMBER FIRE_NO VARCHAR2 6 FIRE_NUMBER is a composite of the following fields: Zone, Fire ID and Fire Centre.
FIRE_YEAR FIRE_YEAR NUMBER 4 FIRE_YEAR represents the fiscal year, April 1 to March 31.
IGNITION_DATE IGN_DATE DATE 7 IGNITION_DATE is the discovery date of the fire.
FIRE_STATUS FIRESTATUS VARCHAR2 30 FIRE_STATUS is the control stage of the fire as of the last update, e.g, Under Control, Out of Control, Being Held, Out.
FIRE_CAUSE FIRE_CAUSE VARCHAR2 20 FIRE_CAUSE is the suspected cause of the fire, e.g., Lightning, Person.
FIRE_CENTRE FIRE_CENTR NUMBER 10 FIRE_CENTRE represents the BC Wildfire Service Centre administrative area.
ZONE ZONE NUMBER 10 ZONE is a subset of the BC Wildfire Service Centre administrative area.
FIRE_ID FIRE_ID NUMBER 10 FIRE_ID is a unique number, system-generated, within a fire year and fire centre.
FIRE_TYPE FIRE_TYPE VARCHAR2 20 FIRE_TYPE defines the type of incident that occured, e.g., Fire of Note, New, Modified/Monitored, Full Response.
GEOGRAPHIC_DESCRIPTION GEO_DESC VARCHAR2 50 GEOGRAPHIC_DESCRIPTION is a description of the approximate fire location: IC must note how far and in what direction the wildfire is in relation to a geographic reference. Note: for Railroad fires, actual railroad mileage is iuncluded as part of the geographic information, e.g., Sallus Creek, 172 mile-marker on railroad.
LATITUDE LATITUDE NUMBER 11 LATITUDE is the geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (dd.dddddd), of the location of the feature as measured from the equator, e.g., 55.323653.
LONGITUDE LONGITUDE NUMBER 11 LONGITUDE is the geographic coordinate, in decimal degrees (-ddd.dddddd), of the location of the feature as measured from the prime meridian, e.g., -123.093544.
CURRENT_SIZE SIZE_HA NUMBER 9 CURRENT_SIZE is the estimated size of the area within the outside perimeter of the incident, in hectares.
FIRE_OF_NOTE_ID FIRE_NT_ID NUMBER 10 FIRE_OF_NOTE_ID is the project number for this fire.
FIRE_OF_NOTE_NAME FIRE_NT_NM VARCHAR2 50 FIRE_OF_NOTE_NAME is the display name used in Wildfire news, e.g., Big Creek Fire.
FIRE_OF_NOTE_URL FIRE_NT_LK VARCHAR2 255 FIRE_OF_NOTE_URL is the link to the Fire of Note web page for this fire.
FEATURE_CODE FCODE VARCHAR2 10 FEATURE_CODE contains an alphanumeric value based on the Canadian Council of Surveys and Mapping’s (CCSM) system for classification of geographic features, e.g., AR82000110.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.