Sponsored by: California Fire Science Consortium
Presented by: Dr. Mike Flannigan, professor of Wildland fire at the University of Alberta, Canada
Every year, thousands of small fires and dozens of large ones break out somewhere in Canada. This has been the story for millenia and will continue as long as there are people and lightning to start fires in the boreal forest. Now more than ever, people work, build, live, and play in the boreal forest and disaster can occur when people and fire intersect. Last spring's Fort McMurray wildfire was a reminder of how dangerous forest fires can be. It forced the unprecedented evacuation of 90,000 people, caused insurable losses of about $3.8 billion and dampened Canada's GDP for 2016. Dr. Mike Flannigan will detail what happened in Fort McMurray and what it tells us about coexisting with fire in a flammable landscape.
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