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Coverage of wildfires since November 16, 2023.

Global warming will reach 1.4C in 2023: WMO

"...For that, the level of warming would need to be sustained for longer. Already, a year of 1. 4C has provided a frightening preview of what permanently crossing 1..."

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Alberta set for $5.5B budget surplus, despite big fire, flood and drought expenses Globalnews.ca

"...Alberta's budget surplus is growing but will be offset by more than $1 billion this year to pay for floods, forest fires and drought..."

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Wildfire recovery in B.C.’s North Shuswap could be years in the making

"...Higgins said the recovery working group is approaching the process on three fronts: a social perspective that focuses on people’s unmet needs; an infrastructure perspective that focuses on redevelopment and rebuilding; and on a development services perspective, focusing on permitting and solid waste management..."

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Edmonton experiencing driest fall on record: Environment Canada

"...Environment Canada says Alberta is experiencing one of the driest seasons on record. Edmonton is also seeing the 14th warmest November in history. “Many cities that we track this for are reporting in the top 10 driest falls on record..."

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Halifax explores new emergency roads for subdivision ravaged by summer wildfire

"...The report, which was commissioned in the summer, recommends that council approve a plan for staff to move ahead with the engagement, planning, and design process for a new emergency-only connection between the Westwood Hills subdivision and the nearby Highway 103. “Highway 103 is an attractive option for an emergency egress due to its high-capacity nature — during an emergency, with appropriate traffic control, a connection to Highway 103 would have the potential to enable a significant number of residents to evacuate the subdivision with a low risk of encountering congested traffic conditions,” the report read. Staff identified three potential locations for the new exit by studying the topography, connection lengths, property ownership, highway access, and maintenance requirements for the proposed area..."

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More wildfire mitigation work underway in Lake Country

"...Wildfire mitigation will continue along a popular hiking area in Lake Country..."

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Climate disasters will be part of defence update as strains grow, minister says

"...Mathyssen had pointed out the last update in 2017 did not include any measures on how the military responds to climate change beyond mentions of it being an issue. Blair said that this year saw the longest continuous deployment of military resources assisting in natural disaster response, with 130 consecutive days spent assisting with wildfires that gripped the country. Chief of Defence Staff Gen..."

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First Skwlāx members return home, 3 months after devastating B.C. wildfire Globalnews.ca

"...Three months after their community was devastated by a wildfire, some members of the Skwlāx te Secwepemcúl̓ecw First Nation have marked an encouraging milestone..."

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$1.4 million needed to repair Kelowna dump in wildfire aftermath Globalnews.ca

"...“On Aug. 17, in the evening, city staff got a call there was a fire that jumped the lake and it was coming towards the landfill,” Scott Hoekstra, manager of Landfill and Composting Operations at the City of Kelowna, said. “Fortis asked us to shut off the gas and biogas plant and staff came out and started working on getting areas around the landfill prepped in case the fire came towards us the next day..."

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ComiCon makes return to Kelowna after wildfires cancelled previous event

"...Hundreds of superheroes, villains, princesses and aliens filled the Rutland Centennial Hall for Kelowna ComiCon on Saturday. The event was originally scheduled for August, but it was put on hold due to wildfires burning throughout the region..."

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BC Wildfire to burn around 100 slash piles east of Naramata

"...On Thursday, the BC Wildfire Service announced that it is planning to burn dozens of slash piles near the South Okanagan community. In all, around 100 piles of wood debris are expected to be torched around five kilometres east of Naramata, near Arawana Forest Service Road..."

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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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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.

Wildfire Operations Technician

"...wildland firefighting (if desired), pile burning, chipping, swamping, and pruning..."

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Timber Production Auditor

"...Wildfire Management Division in the protection of Alberta's forest from wildfires when required..."

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Helitack Crew Leader

"...wildfire experience? Do you communicate well under stressful situations? Can you motivate a dynamic group of individuals while fighting wildfires or during projects? Are you able to function in a..."

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Helitack Crew Leader

"...wildfire experience? Do you communicate well under stressful situations? Can you motivate a dynamic group of individuals while fighting wildfires or during projects? Are you able to function in a..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention wildfires.

Awaited AgriRecovery funding announced for livestock producers affected by drought and wildfires in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and

Duration: 7:54

"...The federal government, along with the provincial governments of Alberta, B. C. , and Saskatchewan, have announced a total commitment of $365 million for AgriRecovery programs to help livestock producers affected by drought and wildfires this past summer..."

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RealAg Radio, May 23: Seeding depth, crop emergent, and impact from wildfire smoke

Duration: 55:14

"...Welcome to this Agronomic Tuesday edition of RealAg Radio! You’ll hear from Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, RealAgriculture’s resident agronomist, on a number of topics including: wildfire smoke impact on newly planted crops, crop emergent, and sulphur deficiency..."

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Return of the Wildfires

Duration: 29:42

"...Over the past few weeks, wildfires have scorched over 1,800 square miles of land across North West America and are still going strong..."

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Wheat Pete's Word, May 17: Frost impacts, planting soybeans to moisture, slugs, and tillage as a system

Duration: 19:53

"...Chilly to downright cold nights have some Ontario farmers worried about alfalfa, wheat, and beans..."

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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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Koala Country - Tales from Down Under | Free Documentary Nature

"...Koalas must survive the extremes of the climate, from winter storms to searing heat and drought causing wildfires that have been a part of the Australian ecosystem for millions of years..."

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Heatwaves: how hot can it get?

"...But what is a heatwave, why are they so dangerous and how are they affected by climate change? ..."

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Academic Research

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

Wildfire national carbon accounting: how natural and anthropogenic landscape fires emissions are treated in the 2020 Australian

"...Greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting of emissions from land use, land-use change, and forestry necessarily involves consideration of landscape fire..."

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Estimation of the Post-burning Area of the Fire Hazard Severity Zone in California from Landsat 8 OLI Images Using Deep Learnin

"...A forest fire is an unplanned and unexpected event that contaminates our environment by burning the grass, trees, and vegetables of any forest and have an impact on the country?s economic model and the functioning of our ecosystem..."

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Building wildland?urban interface zone resilience through performance-based wildfire engineering. A holistic theoretical framew

"...In recent years, a worldwide expansion in the frequency of large, uncontrolled, and catastrophic wildfire events has occurred, creating drastic social, economic, and environmental damage, especially in wildland?urban interface (WUI) zones..."

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Impact of extratropical cyclones, floods, and wildfires on firms? financial performance in New Zealand

"...The study findings also indicate that floods had no significant effect on the firm?s profit, and wildfires had no significant impact on the forestry firms? profit..."

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Research on information fusion method for heat model and weather model based on HOGA-SVM

"...Modeling the heat released from a burning wildfire is essential to support an accurate representation of the heat flux of wildfire..."

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Examining socioeconomic factors associated with wildfire occurrence and burned area in Galicia (Spain) using spatial and tempor

"...Most wildfires are directly or indirectly related to human activities, suggesting that socioeconomic factors likely can inform wildfire management..."

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Effects of Changing Fire Regimes and Post-Fire Salvage Logging on Forest Ecosystems

"..., prescribed fire, salvage logging, and afforestation with less flammable species) may help land managers to identify the most effective actions for specific forest ecosystems against the prevention of irreversible land degradation..."

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A hybrid method for fire detection based on spatial and temporal patterns

"...Fire detection is a vital task for social, economic and environmental reasons..."

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Diabetes and climate change: current evidence and implications for people with diabetes, clinicians and policy stakeholders

"...Impaired responses to heat stress, including compromised vasodilation and sweating, diabetes-related comorbidities, insulin resistance and chronic low-grade inflammation make people with diabetes particularly vulnerable to environmental risk factors, such as extreme weather events and air pollution..."

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The verification of wildland?urban interface fire evacuation models

"...The evacuation tests are organized in accordance with different core components related to evacuation modelling, namely Population, Pre-evacuation, Movement, Route/destination selection, Flow constraints, Events, Wildfire spread and Trigger buffers..."

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North American fire weather catalyzed by the extratropical transition of tropical cyclones

"...While the chaotic nature of the ETC and jet stream interaction means that ETCs grouped by similar characteristics and locations can result in varying downstream responses, the composite analysis reveals some areas of consistently altered fire weather for ETCs which recurve at certain longitudinal ranges, including the Pacific Northwest and northern Intermountain West..."

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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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