The Forestry Adaptation Community of Practice (FACoP) is pleased to announce the following webinar:

The Future of Wildland Fire in Canada – Hot and Smoky?
Tuesday, October 3
1:00-2:00 pm EDT
Presented by: Mike Flannigan (Director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science & Professor of Wildland Fire at the University of Alberta)

Wildland fires are a frequent occurrence in many regions of the world. These fires are the result of interactions between climate/weather, fuels, and people. Our climate and associated day-to-day weather may be changing rapidly due to human activities that may have dramatic and unexpected impacts on regional and global fire activity. A warmer world means longer fire seasons, more lightning activity, and most importantly drier fuels. Existing studies suggest a general overall increase in fire occurrence and area burned, although there is significant temporal and spatial variability. Future trends in fire severity and intensity are more difficult to project due to the complex and non-linear interactions between weather, vegetation and people. However, there are indications that fire severity and intensity are increasing.

This year has been a very active fire year with significant fire activity in Portugal, Chile, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and Canada. The last 5 years has seen lots of wildland fire in regions of Canada including 2013 in Quebec, 2014 in the Northwest Territories, 2015 in Saskatchewan & Alberta, Fort McMurray Fire in 2016 and a record breaking year in BC this year. The end result is that we have to learn to live with wildland fire and that fire management is already challenging and will be even more challenging in a warmer world.

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