Historical Wildfire Database

The Alberta Forest Service initiated the modern era of wildfire recordkeeping in 1931, the first complete fire season under provincial jurisdiction. Over the years, this information has been recorded, stored and made available in different formats.

1996 Onward

Beginning in 1996, paper copies of wildfire history information were no longer being retained. The wildfire history data are entered at the field level on the Fire Information Resource Evaluation System (FIRES). A client-server architecture employed over a wide area network allows users to maintain a central database. The system uses ORACLE tables with wildfire data available in electronic format.

1983–1995

The wildfire history data were entered and stored on microcomputers at the Provincial Forest Fire Centre. These data are also available in electronic format, along with a data structure file and data dictionary.

Original paper copy wildfire reports are available for viewing. To schedule a viewing appointment, contact:

1961–1982

The wildfire history data were entered and stored on a mainframe. These data are also available in electronic format, along with a data structure file and a data dictionary.

Original paper copy wildfire reports are available for viewing. To schedule a viewing appointment, contact:

1931-1968

Records are on microfilm. To view the microfilm, contact:

Surface File Room
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development
8th Floor, South Petroleum Plaza
9915 – 108 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2G8
Tel: (780) 427-3486

Historical Wildfire Data Files

To download these files:

  • PC users - right mouse click and choose "Save Target As..."
  • Mac users - mouse click and choose "Save this link as..."

Dbase / Excel

Comma Delimited

Fires1996-2000

Fires2001-2003

Structure

Header


Updated: Apr 15, 2015