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Coverage of wildfire seasons since February 8, 2024.

Canada's upcoming wildfire season could be worse than last year, Sajjan warns

"...That included talks on the upcoming wildfire season, which is already getting an early start in Alberta. Federal Emergency Preparedness Minister Harjit Sajjan said this years wildfires could be even worse than last year. “This morning, we were provided with an alarming but not surprising update on the upcoming wildfire season..."


Upcoming wildfire season could be worse than last year, federal minister says

"...OTTAWA Provincial, territorial and federal emergency response ministers have wrapped up two days of meetings in Ottawa on the upcoming wildfire season, which is already getting an early start in Alberta..."


Why a dry winter may not mean trouble for Alberta farmers

"...In response to the worsening conditions, the Alberta government recently began large-scale water sharing agreement efforts and declared an early start to the wildfire season..."


B.C. is seeing a record number of

"...The mild and dry fall and winter have created perfect conditions for a record number of so-called “zombie fires. ”Zombie fires ignite and burn during the wildfire season, then go dormant over the winter period before reigniting again the following season in the spring, according to experts. They burn deep underground and remain undetected for a considerable amount of time before re-emerging..."


Alberta declares early start to wildfire season due to warm and dry weather

"...The season traditionally has run from March 1 to Oct. 31, butAlbertaForestry and Parks Minister Todd Loewen says it's now underway — 10 days earlier than usual. Loewen says the impacts of the record 2023 wildfire season showed the importance of a collective approach when dealing with disaster..."


Alberta fire season now underway, 10 days earlier than usual

"...Alberta is declaring an early start to this years wildfire season..."


Union accuses Alberta government of being unprepared for 2024 wildfire season

"...Preparations for the 2024 wildfire season are underway, said a statement this week from the office of Todd Loewen, Alberta's minister of forestry and parks, adding that firefighter hiring and training "are on schedule. "..."


Wildland firefighters' union worried about 2024 season:

"...Alberta saw a record-breaking wildfire season in 2023. Over the course of the season — which officially runs March 1 to Oct. 31 — wildfires burn a record 2..."


B.C. wildfires: Province to boost aviation, ground firefighting fleets

"...Additional investments include two mass water-delivery systems that can be used for fire suppression and flood operations. Also getting upgrades: The aviation fleet, which will see more plan and helicopter agreements, with a focus on a diverse and modern set of aircraft suited for B. C..."


Thousands sign petition demanding change to B.C. wildfire response

"...The devastating Lower East Adams Lake wildfire burned just kilometers from Coopermans house last summer, and he witnessed firsthand how quickly the fire spread in his community. The blaze damaged or destroyed nearly 200 homes in the Shuswap as the province faced the most destructive wildfire season on record..."


‘Scary situation': Unprecedented snowpack lows raising B.C. drought concerns

"...Hill said he thinks provincial responses to drought management are improving, but a more aggressive approach is needed. He recommends implementing water restrictions for residents and businesses sooner — before the drought hits “crisis” levels — as well as increased support for First Nations, communities, farmers and landowners to improve the land's natural water retention and develop watershed resilience. He also suggested more wetland restoration projects, keeping forest cover intact, and cracking down on unlicensed water use..."


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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about wildfire seasons.

The wildfires that led to mass extinction. A warning from California's Ice Age history

"...Further reading: A changing climate, growing human populations and widespread fires contributed to the last major extinction event can we prevent another?Zombie fires in the Arctic: Canadas extreme wildfire season offers a glimpse of new risks in a warmer, drier futureWhat 2,500 years of wildfire evidence and the extreme fire seasons of 1910 and 2020 tell us about the future of fire in the West ..."


What are Zombie Fires? | The Agenda

"...Wildfire season can lead to a phenomenon known as "zombie fires" or "holdover fires. " Dr..."


Here's what we often get wrong about wildfires

"...The 2020 wildfire season was the worst in Californias recorded history, with more than four million acres burned and almost 10,500 structures destroyed across the state..."


Academic Research

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

Change in the fire season pattern from bimodal to unimodal under climate change: The case of Daxing'anling in Northeast Chin

"...The length of the wildfire season has become longer in many regions around the world under climate change..."


Health impact analysis of PM2.5 from wildfire smoke in Canada (2013–2015, 2017–2018)

"...Smoke from wildfires contains many air pollutants of concern and epidemiological studies have identified associations between exposure to wildfire smoke PM2..."


Evaluating landscape-scale wildfire exposure in northwestern Iran

"...For this purpose, we used the minimum travel time algorithm and simulated 60,000 wildfires under wildfire season most frequent weather scenarios..."


The delayed effect of wildfire season particulate matter on subsequent influenza season in a mountain west region of the USA

"...5) during the wildfire season smoke exposure period on respiratory diseases, such as influenza, and their associated outbreaks months later..."


Black spruce (Picea mariana) seed availability and viability in boreal forests after large wildfires

"...Aims We explore the possible effects of changes in fire regime on the abundance and viability of black spruce seeds following a very large wildfire season in the Northwest Territories, Canada (NWT)..."


Further Resources

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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.