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Wildfires

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News and Opinion

Coverage of wildfires since January 12, 2022.

Scientists confirm the source of increased wildfires

"...Johanna Wagstaffe explains the relationship between climate change, beetles, and forest fires ..."

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Public asked to be mindful of wildfire mitigation at Salmon Arm park

"...Sk’atsin Silvatech Ventures’ Riley Conner piles narrow logs onto an Iron Horse log skidder to remove from Little Mountain Park as part of the City of Salmon Arm’s ongoing wildfire fuel management efforts under its Community Wildfire Protection Plan. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)..."

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RDEK seek more information on Elk Valley Galloway Lands proposal

"...The items the RDEK board wants more info on were road safety, wildfire and structure fire safety and suppression, septic and water systems, and environmental assessment – all big-ticket items which featured heavily in community opposition, director concerns and stakeholder skepticism..."

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Canada is leaving communities in the dark about the risks and costs of climate disasters The Narwhal

"...As the climate warms, Canada is at growing risk from a range of hazards from extreme temperatures to drought, flooding, landslides, wildfires and more. While reducing greenhouse gas emissions can stave off the worst effects of climate change, some degree of further warming is already baked in and is expected to bring with it more extreme events..."

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Penticton hoping to create more FireSmart neighbourhoods

"...The Thomas Creek wildfire burned above OK Falls and Oliver for more than a month. The City of Penticton and the RDOS are hoping to raise provide people in the ecology industry with tools and information on wildfire prevention. ((Mike Biden photo)..."

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Delays push cost to rebuild fire-damaged Lytton, B.C., to $102M: insurance bureau

"...VANCOUVER — Insurance losses from a wildfire that wiped out most of Lytton, B. C. , have surged to $102 million..."

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Comox Valley volunteers help flood victims in Fraser Valley

"...He cleared it with work and was on his way. He went over for almost a week to work at the reception centre for the flood response at the Tradex building, doing everything from working the front desk to planning and logistics. This included everything from helping with COVID-19 plans to figuring out how to transition to longer-term resource support to handing out drywall bags..."

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Four ways to increase biodiversity in your own backyard

"...In the last several years, major flooding, extreme weather and wildfires have propelled climate change into the mainstream. But despite our increased awareness of environmental issues, the vitally important topic of biodiversity loss has received comparatively little attention. Biodiversity is the incredible variety in organisms on our planet, including the diversity between individuals, species and ecosystems..."

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Expert panel says Canada needs to ‘up its game” on climate data to better adapt

"...He says the 2021 heat wave, deadly wildfires and fall flooding in British Columbia are just the latest examples of the massive human and economic costs climate change is bringing with it and how ill-prepared we are to both prevent it and respond to it..."

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States of Emergency: Climate Change Risks to U.S. Military Installations in 2021 

"...On January 5, the Washington Post published an analysis of climate change-related emergencies in 2021 and concluded that more than 40 percent of Americans live in counties that were covered by federal disaster declarations in the past year. The devastating effects of the severe storms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and droughts identified in the analysis pose a range of security risks to the US homeland, including direct loss of life (more than 650 people died from these disasters according to the Post), economic harm (NOAA estimates 20 separate “billion dollar” disasters in the US in 2021), and critical infrastructure damage. These climate-driven shocks also undermine long-term US resilience and compound other risks such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic..."

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Investigation finds Tolko followed forest rules

"...Silver Hills Watershed Watch complained that Tolko’s forest harvesting over the past few years between Lumby and Cherryville increased water flows, contributed to four landslides and introduced sediment into streams that supply drinking water..."

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Trustee Laura Patrick Reports To Community As 2022 Kicks Off

"...The Protection of the Coastal Douglas Fir and Associated Ecosystem Project, through the contributions of a science working group, has developed a powerful mapping tool that brings together several layers of information about contiguous forests, sensitive ecosystems, protected areas and groundwater recharge potential. There are opportunities to use this tool to explore different management scenarios that can help us make informed choices when it comes to prioritizing areas for protection. The LTC is working with Salt Spring Fire Rescue to see if the use of development permit area tools is an effective approach to help mitigate wildfire risk..."

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British Columbia in Flames

Stories from a Blazing Summer

"...Cornwall, a long-time writer, was stricken not just by her own experience, but by the many moving stories she came across about the fires―so she began collecting them. She met with people from BC communities of Sheridan Lake, Ashcroft, Cache Creek, 16 Mile House, Lac La Hache, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Hanceville-Riske Creek and Clinton..."

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Wildfire

On The Front Lines With Station 8

"...(F)rom a fascinating exploration of wildfire science to a gripping moment-by-moment account of a Boulder blaze, these are wildfires through the experiences of the people who go face-to-face with them..."

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Jobs in wildfires

Recent employment opportunities from across Canada.

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Community Wildfire Resiliency Coordinator - City of Port Moody (Port Moody, BC)

"...Coordinate with the Project Committee, City Departments including Environment and Parks, Engineering, Planning and PMFR on the development and delivery of Community Wildfire Protection Plan projects..."

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Wildfire Mitigation Supervisor - Regional District of Central Kootenay (Nelson, BC)

"...The Supervisor will work closely with team members, local authorities, First Nations, industry stakeholders, Fire Chiefs, contractors, elected officials and the public to tailor wildfire management activities to community needs and interests..."

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Senior Actuary (Pricing)

"...Monitor exposure accumulations to find opportunities for profitable growth and risk control..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention wildfires.

Crystal Kolden: Prepping For Wildfire Season

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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Holy Smoke! Air Quality Meteorologist Scott Landes

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

Duration: 08:15

"...Source: WIRED Science: Space, Health, Biotech, and More..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about wildfires.

Walking With Fire: A Wildfire Documentary

"...'Walking with Fire: A Wildfire Documentary' is an educational video aimed at creating awareness and educating the public on the dangers of wildfires..."

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1. Hiking - What to do if you are trapped by a Wildfire

"...5 Steps to follow if you find yourself in a dangerous situation during a Wildfire..."

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The world’s first 100% accurate tornado detector | Just Might Work by Freethink

"...The world’s first 100% accurate tornado detector | Just Might Work by Freethink ..."

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Burning Pantanal | What’s Behind the Fire?

"...Human activity such as deforestation and cattle ranching is encroaching on this precious ecosystem and causing it permanent damage..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about wildfires relevant to the latest news.

Diversifying Chile’s climate action away from industrial plantations

"...Diversification, however, must guarantee Chile's long-term carbon sequestration capacity without compromising the ecological functionality of biodiverse tree-less habitats and native forest ecosystems..."

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Landscape Dynamics in the Northwestern Mountains of the Iberian Peninsula: Case Study Ancares-Courel Mountain Range

"...Agriculture, cattle grazing, unsuitable forestry management, forest fires, and afforestation with fast-growing species, have led to a reduction of the forests..."

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Diverging rationalities between forest fire management services and the general public after the 21st-century mega-fires in Gre

"...Wildfire risk related to hazards on people and assets is expected to increase in the face of climate change, especially in fire-prone environments such as the Mediterranean Basin..."

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A functional perspective on the analysis of land use and land cover data in ecology

"...Traditional approaches use land use and land cover data (LULC) that focus mostly on ?structural? properties of landscapes, rather than ?functional? properties related to specific ecological processes..."

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Research on UAV Scheduling Optimization in the Forest Fire

"...Wildfire is a kind of fire that occurs in the natural ecosystem, which will affect a series of processes such as ecosystem succession, carbon cycle and natural climate change..."

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Boreal forests will be more severely affected by projected anthropogenic climate forcing than mixedwood and northern hardwood f

"...Context Increased anthropogenic climate forcing is projected to have tremendous impacts on global forest ecosystems, with northern biomes being more at risk..."

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Inaction on Climate Change Projected to Reduce European Life Expectancy

"...In this paper, we convert excess mortality estimates due to increases in extreme weather from climate change (heat waves, cold waves, droughts, wildfires, river and coastal floods, and windstorms) into potential reductions in life expectancy at birth in thirty-one European countries..."

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The impact of tropical land-use change on downstream riverine and estuarine water properties and biogeochemical cycles: a revie

"...Overall, the impact of land-use change on aquatic processes may be more serious in tropical regions than in temperate or cold climate regions because of (1) a higher biomass and nutrient stock in original tropical forests; (2) higher precipitation, more frequent episodic flooding, and warmer temperatures in tropical regions; and (3) certain practices that are rapidly expanding in tropical regions such as land-based aquaculture..."

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Historical and future carbon stocks in forests of northern Ontario, Canada

"...The specific objective was to simulate historical C stocks for 1901?2014 and future C stocks for 2015?2100 for five shared socioeconomic pathway (SSP) scenarios selected as high priority scenarios for the 6th Assessment Report on Climate Change..."

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Population genomics and conservation of Gila Trout (Oncorhynchus gilae)

"...All lineages have experienced population bottlenecks associated with mortality from drought and severe wildfires..."

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One Versus All: Best Practices in Combining Multi-hazard Damage Imagery Training Datasets for Damage Detection for a Deep Learn

"...Across 19 natural disaster events including tornados, wildfire, earthquake, hurricanes, volcanos, flood, and tsunami, buildings were identified and classified into four classes: no damage, minor damage, major damage, and destroyed..."

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Methods for the use of the best Russian innovations in forest fire detection and suppression

"...In addition, for detecting, controlling and extinguishing forest fires, including a comparative analysis of their economic efficiency, methods for practical use of the best Russian innovations was developed..."

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Further Resources

Find out more about wildfires.

FireSmoke Canada

The Canadian portal for information and resources about smoke from wildland fires. This system produces forecasts of hourly ground-level concentrations of PM2. 5 smoke particles from wildfires up to two days into the future.

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