Alaska Standard Time
Hosted by the Alaska Fire Science Consortium
Mike Flannigan, Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science and Dept. Renewable Resources, University of Alberta
Cordy Tymstra, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Fire happens in Canada’s forest. Every year, thousands of small fires and dozens of large ones occur somewhere in Canada’s vast forest landscape. It has been the story for centuries and will continue. Now more than ever people work, build and live in the boreal forest, but disaster can occur when people and fire intersect. This was the case in 2016 in Fort McMurray, resulting in unprecedented evacuation of 90,000 people, insurable losses over $3.7 billion and a negative impact on National GDP. What have we learned from this catastrophic fire and can we co-exist with fire?
Background reading: A Review of the 2016 Horse River Wildfire. June 2017. Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Preparedness and Response