Impacts of COVID-19 on the 2020 Fire Season
Media Type: Webinar
  • Cathelijne R. Stoof
    Cornell University, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Val Chalton
  • Tomás E. Withington
  • Erin J. Belval
    Colorado State University
  • Cristiano Foderi
    University of Firenze
Host Agency:
  • Pau Costa Foundation
Date: October 20, 2020

Cataloging Information

  • coronavirus
  • COVID-19
  • fire management
  • firefighter safety
  • knowledge sharing
  • pandemics
Record Maintained By:
Record Last Modified: May 6, 2021
FRAMES Record Number: 62259


Wildland Fire Management under COVID-19: Results of a Global Survey - Cathelijne Stoof, Assistant Professor, Soil Geography and Landscape Group, Coordinator Wageningen Fire Centre, Wageningen University, Netherlands"

This talk summarizes the results of a global survey that was conducted in May to clarify implications of COVID-19 restrictions on wildland fire management, map current thinking, and collate any plans, protocols or procedures to generate generic guidance for wildland fire professionals. An outlook will be given for a follow up survey to collect lessons learned this fall.

State of Disaster: Integrated Fire Management under Lockdown - Val Chalton, Managing Director, Landworks, South Africa

On 15 March 2020, the government used its Disaster Management Act of 2002 to declare South Africa’s first National State of Disaster and placed the country under a hard lockdown.  This presentation will explore COVID 19 lockdown challenges for Integrated Fire Management (IFM), but also solutions and lessons learned that will affect the way we work in future.

Covid-19 Impacts in 2020 Argentina Fire Season - Tomás Withington, Forest Fire and Emergency Management Department, National Parks Administration, Argentina

This presentation will focus on the main and early impacts of COVID-19 in fire management in Argentina, focusing in National Parks.

Wildland Fire Management in Western United States during a Pandemic - Erin J Belval, Research Scientist, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Colorado State University, USA

This presentation provides an overview of the 2020 fire season in the western United States and the impacts of COVID-19.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Forest Fire Management Activities in Tuscany Region - Cristiano Foderi, Research Fellow at UNIFI-Department of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Forestry (DAGRI), University of Firenze, Italy

During the first phase of COVID-19 lock-down, from the beginning of March until the end of May many protocols were applied to contain the COVID-19 infection in order to ensure essential services in forest fire management activities. Starting from fire fighting protocols, different impacts were observed from the field side and from the operation rooms side, making operators work more difficult. Many activities related to fire prevention, training and field research were postponed for almost 3 months, losing in some cases the opportunity to work for a year (e.s. prescribed burns and related experimental monitoring).


Recording Length: 1:58:19
Online Link(s):
Link to this recording (Streaming; YouTube)