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Wildfires

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Coverage of wildfires since August 3, 2021.

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Osoyoos wildfire evacuees growing weary

"...Anarchist Mountain residents were evacuated on July 20 when the Nk’Mip fire climbed the mountain, threatening property. One woman who spoke with the Western News said she has been living with family but is growing tired of being unable to go home. She also would like to have more updates on when BC Wildfire thinks they can get home..."

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Evacuation alert issued for areas around Dawson due to wildfires

"...The area within the crossed yellow lines have been issued an evacuation alert due to wildfires. (Graphic by Yukon Emergency Measures Organization)..."

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Manitoba cottagers wait and worry as wildfire comes closer

"...Some Manitoba cottage owners have been forced to evacuate while others are on standby as wildfires continue to burn in the eastern part of the province. Anya Nazeravich reports..."

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Historic ranch near Vernon, B.C. hosting displaced animals because of regional wildfires

"...The Historic O’Keefe Ranch near Vernon, B. C. , has opened its gates to more than 200 domesticated animals displaced because of regional wildfires..."

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B.C. official says 249 active wildfires burning in the province, 34 of note

"...Rob Schweitzer from the BC Wildfire Service provides an update on the current fire status Tuesday, August 3. He says it's been a week of steady progress, but visibility remains a challenge due to wildfire smoke..."

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Rossland pool closes due to poor air quality

"...Due to wildfires throughout BC and the U. S. , Rossland Recreation staff is monitoring the air quality in Rossland on an ongoing basis..."

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Thousands flee homes outside Athens as heat fuels wildfires

"...More than 500 firefighters struggled through the night to contain a large forest blaze on the outskirts of Athens, which raced into residential areas Tuesday, forcing thousands to flee. It was the worst of 81 wildfires that broke out in Greece over the past 24 hours, amid one of the country’s most intense heatwaves in decades..."

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Sicamous landfill to reopen Friday morning

"...The Sicamous landfill will reopen on Aug. 6, after being closed due to the Two Mile Road wildfire. (File photo)..."

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BC Wildfire Service issues warning about unapproved fundraising for Kootenay firefighters

"...“Personnel adhere to COVID-19 public health orders and guidelines to ensure that operations can continue safely throughout the province. In indoor areas, all personnel are required to physically distance, wear masks, and sanitize. As this is a requirement, the necessary products are provided, including masks,” said BCWS..."

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B.C. wildfire update: Massive White Rock Lake fire continues to challenge crews Globalnews.ca

"...The White Rock Lake fire received some precipitation over the past 48 hours. However, the BC Wildfire Service said given the drought conditions, the minimal precipitation provided only a short reprieve. A weak southwest flow will bring drier, warmer air back to the region on Tuesday, quickly drying out forest fuels..."

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Weekend rain wasn't enough to have long-term impact on B.C. wildfire situation, say officials

"...Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people continue to take part in outdoor activities even though the air is currently 18 times above WHO exposure recommendation, in Sicamous B. C. , on Thursday July 29, 2021..."

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Fire crew now assigned to Three Valley Lake wildfire

"...Steep terrain prevented BC Wildfire Service from responding to the fire earlier Aug. 3, 2021 12:00 a. m..."

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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.

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Senior Actuary (Pricing)

"...Monitor exposure accumulations to find opportunities for profitable growth and risk control..."

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Crew Supervisor

"...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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STO 21R - Operations Specialist

"...This position is responsible for supporting the delivery of preparing, preventing, detecting and responding to wildfires through the administration of..."

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Special Projects Coordinator - Community Wildfire Resiliency - Regional District of Nanaimo (Nanaimo, BC)

"...Qualified candidates will demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills including the ability to write correspondence, research and prepare reports along with the capability to make effective presentations to a variety of audiences..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention wildfires.

Crystal Kolden: Prepping For Wildfire Season

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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Holy Smoke! Air Quality Meteorologist Scott Landes

Duration: 29:00

"...Source: Sea Change Radio..."

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A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads

Duration: 08:15

"...Source: WIRED Science: Space, Health, Biotech, and More..."

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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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British Columbia confronts hundreds of wildfires in wake of extreme heatwave

"...Record high temperatures have set off a series of wildfires that continue to burn across several parts of the Canadian province, while the human cost of the heatwave is only now being counted..."

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Burning Pantanal | What’s Behind the Fire?

"...Human activity such as deforestation and cattle ranching is encroaching on this precious ecosystem and causing it permanent damage..."

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Academic Research

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

Inaction on Climate Change Projected to Reduce European Life Expectancy

"...In this paper, we convert excess mortality estimates due to increases in extreme weather from climate change (heat waves, cold waves, droughts, wildfires, river and coastal floods, and windstorms) into potential reductions in life expectancy at birth in thirty-one European countries..."

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Diversifying Chile’s climate action away from industrial plantations

"...Diversification, however, must guarantee Chile's long-term carbon sequestration capacity without compromising the ecological functionality of biodiverse tree-less habitats and native forest ecosystems..."

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Developing a set of indicators to identify, monitor, and track impacts and change in forests of the United States

"...United States forestland is an important ecosystem type, land cover, land use, and economic resource that is facing several drivers of change including climatic..."

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Upcycling wildfire-impacted boreal peats into porous carbons that efficiently remove phenolic micropollutants

"...Boreal peatlands are increasingly damaged due to climate change-induced wildfires and droughts, which lead to increased run-off and impeded forest regrowth..."

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Predicting wildfire impacts on the prehistoric archaeological record of the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico, USA

"...Background Wildfires of uncharacteristic severity, a consequence of climate changes and accumulated fuels, can cause amplified or novel impacts to archaeological resources..."

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The impact of tropical land-use change on downstream riverine and estuarine water properties and biogeochemical cycles: a revie

"...Overall, the impact of land-use change on aquatic processes may be more serious in tropical regions than in temperate or cold climate regions because of (1) a higher biomass and nutrient stock in original tropical forests; (2) higher precipitation, more frequent episodic flooding, and warmer temperatures in tropical regions; and (3) certain practices that are rapidly expanding in tropical regions such as land-based aquaculture..."

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Ecological strategies of biological and chemical control agents on wildfire disease of tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.)

"...Background To investigate the ecological effects of chemical and biological control methods on tobacco wildfire disease, a plot field experiment was conducted to compare the control efficiency and mechanisms of a chemical pesticide (kasugamycin wettable powder, KWP) and a biological control agent (BCA) through high-throughput sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA genes..."

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Diverging rationalities between forest fire management services and the general public after the 21st-century mega-fires in Gre

"...Wildfire risk related to hazards on people and assets is expected to increase in the face of climate change, especially in fire-prone environments such as the Mediterranean Basin..."

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Slope and Aspect Effects on Seedbed Microclimate and Germination Timing of Fall-Planted Seeds

"...Currently, resistance and resilience concepts are being used to prioritize rangeland restoration efforts based on soil-climate classification..."

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Palaeobotanical and biomarker evidence for Early Permian (Artinskian) wildfire in the Rajmahal Basin, India

"...This study provides a combined analysis on the palynology, fossil charcoal and biomarkers of the subsurface coal deposits from a borehole RMB #2 drilled at the Dhulia Coal Block, Rajmahal Basin, India, in attempts to establish the chronology of sedimentation and to propose palaeobotanical as well as geochemical evidence for the occurrence of wildfires in these sediments..."

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Organic matter chemistry and bacterial community structure regulate decomposition processes in post-fire forest soils

"...Wildfires decrease forest aboveground biomass and have long-term legacy effects on carbon (C) stocks in soil via alterations of microbial communities and functions..."

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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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