Living with Wildland Fire: Lessons from Fort McMurray
Media Type: Webinar
Distribution Contact(s):
  • California Fire Science Consortium
Recording Date: March 16, 2017

Cataloging Information

Alberta; area burned; boreal forests; Canada; dNBR - differenced Normalized Burn Ratio; evacuation; fire impacts; fire management; fire size; FireSmart; Fort McMurray; ignition; lessons learned; topography
Alaska; California; International
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Record Last Modified: August 22, 2017
FRAMES Record Number: 23435


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.

Recording Length: 0:57:57
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