ACT Executive Director Deborah Harford is proud to have contributed to a recent CBC Kids News article on the connection between Canada’s wildfires and climate change with other field experts Jean Andrey, professor and dean of the faculty of environment at the University of Waterloo, Ellen Whitman, forest fire research assistant with Natural Resources Canada, and Bob Gray, fire ecologist.

The article contains a mix of graphics, pictures, maps, and other visual explanations of how wildfires work, and how wildfire seasons are becoming longer and more intense. The hotter summers experienced in British Columbia result in longer fire seasons, drier wildland fuel, hotter fires, and more smoke and released greenhouse gases. The article is suitable for kids of all ages.

Flow diagram showing the Cycle of Wildfires, black text on a bright yellow background. Step One: Hotter temperatures earlier equals a longer wildfire season. Step two: Hotter temperatures earlier equals fire fuel getting drier quicker. Step three equals hotter, bigger, and longer-laster fires that produce smoke and greenhouse gases. Step Four: more smoke and greenhouse gases in the air equals hotter temperatures. Process repeats, going back to step one.

Check out the article here