Historical Wildfire Database

Alberta wildfire records

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.

  • From 1931 to 1968, reports were originally kept on microfilm. They have been scanned and are in the process of being inventoried and labelled. Any request for these files will require at least three-week’s notice. To request these files, interested parties can e-mail: wf.statsanddata@gov.ab.ca
  • From 1961 to 1982, reports were entered and stored on a mainframe. From 1983 to 1995, records were entered and stored on microcomputers at the Provincial Forest Fire Centre.
  • Starting in 1996, paper records were no longer being retained and wildfire history data have been 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.

Below you will find the data downloads and corresponding dictionaries to support each time period.


Updated: Feb 22, 2019