Two UBC Forestry professors have joined forces with a research team working to de-escalate the impact of wildfires caused by climate change.
During the 2017 lightning-ignited fires in the Alex Fraser Research Forest, a 10,000-hectare parcel of crown land managed by the Faculty of Forestry to provide teaching and research opportunities. Resources and equipment were immediately deployed to suppress the fires. This included the construction of fireguards, areas strategically cleared of trees and other vegetation that serve as barriers around the perimeter of a wildfire. Fireguards work to stop a fire’s spread by removing all sources of fuel.
This study examines post-fire surface fuel dynamics over 9 years across a wide range of conditions characteristic of California fires in dry conifer and hardwood forests.
Author(s): Paul Pickell & Nicholas Coops Published in: Scientific Reports (October 27, 2017) URL: doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-14730-0 An early warning system to forecast the close of the spring burning window from satellite-observed greenness The majority of wildfires in Alberta are caused by humans, resulting in unnecessary costs associated with extinguishing them. Human-caused wildfires tend to occur […]
BC’s extreme wildfire season of 2017 is not an isolated event. It is part of a global trend of increasing area burned and extreme fire behaviour resulting in megafires with tremendous social, ecological and economic costs – as witnessed in recent years in western Canada, the USA, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, India, Portugal, Greece, Spain, Italy, France…