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News and Opinion

Coverage of wildfires since September 22, 2023.

The threat of wildfires is rising. So are new AI solutions to fight them

"...Wildfires fueled by climate change have ravaged communities from Maui to the Mediterranean this summer, killing many people, exhausting firefighters and fueling demand for new solutions. Enter artificial intelligence..."

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B.C. wildfire fighter killed in crash remembered as loving and resilient

"...One of the four wildfire fighters killed in a highway crash near Cache Creek last week was from the Tsilhqot’in Nation near Williams Lake..."

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B.C. mule deer stressed by wildfire, but still much to learn about impacts

"...A young mule deer buck walks across a lawn in 100 Mile House. In B. C..."

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LETTER: Time to end oil and gas industry's influence on government

"...Scientists tell us extreme weather is becoming more frequent and more intense because of climate change. Global warming is caused by greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), mostly carbon dioxide and methane, trapped in Earth’s atmosphere. These emissions come primarily from the burning of fossil fuels..."

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B.C. wildfires: No changes to Glen Lake wildfire

"...The fire is estimated at 1,116 hectares, unchanged since Thursday, and one evacuation order and several evacuation alerts are still in effect. Environment Canada’s forecast for the Central Okanagan has a 60 per cent chance of scattered showers throughout Saturday, with the overnight low falling to 11 C..."

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PHOTOS: Hot rods, speedsters, and more on display at Kelowna’s Show N Shine

"...The second annual Show N Shine car show returned to downtown Kelowna on Saturday, Sept. 23. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News) After being postponed because of the Grouse Complex of wildfires that hit the Central Okanagan in August, the annual Show N Shine event was on full display in downtown Kelowna on Saturday..."

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Cool temperatures, rain ease Shuswap wildfire activity

"...The fight against the Bush Creek East wildfire is being helped by local rainfall..."

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Stream flows on the Bow River at a record low and historic glacial melt recorded in the Rockies

"...“A lot of the new routes that I’ve done over the decades no longer exist because the ice has disappeared, I find that quite sad,” said Elzinga who started a non-profit Guardians of The Ice to raise awareness about disappearing crucial landscapes. “These glaciers and ice faces are just becoming big pieces of rock,” he said. Dr..."

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445 personnel currently assigned to Vanderhoof– Fort St. James zone for wildfire efforts

"...Crews from around the world say goodbye after working together in the Prince George Fire Centre. (BC Wildfire Service/ Facebook)..."

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Banner job done by Okanagan responders, volunteers amid wildfires

"...The banners were donated by Wayside to offer an opportunity for community members to express their gratitude for the emergency response work that was done during the Central Okanagan and Shuswap wildfires this summer, both on the front lines of the fires and through Vernon’s Emergency Support Services (ESS) Reception Centre..."

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Keremeos FD fundraising for firefighters who lost homes in West Kelowna blaze

"...The Keremeos Volunteer Fire Department is joining others in the region in fundraising for their fellow Okanagan firefighters who lost homes in the West Kelowna wildfire..."

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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.

Wildfire Operations Technician

"...wildland firefighting (if desired), pile burning, chipping, swamping, and pruning..."

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Timber Production Auditor

"...Wildfire Management Division in the protection of Alberta's forest from wildfires when required..."

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Helitack Crew Leader

"...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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Helitack Crew Leader

"...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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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention wildfires.

RealAg Radio, May 23: Seeding depth, crop emergent, and impact from wildfire smoke

Duration: 55:14

"...Welcome to this Agronomic Tuesday edition of RealAg Radio! You’ll hear from Peter “Wheat Pete” Johnson, RealAgriculture’s resident agronomist, on a number of topics including: wildfire smoke impact on newly planted crops, crop emergent, and sulphur deficiency..."

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Return of the Wildfires

Duration: 29:42

"...Over the past few weeks, wildfires have scorched over 1,800 square miles of land across North West America and are still going strong..."

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Wheat Pete's Word, May 17: Frost impacts, planting soybeans to moisture, slugs, and tillage as a system

Duration: 19:53

"...Chilly to downright cold nights have some Ontario farmers worried about alfalfa, wheat, and beans..."

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RealAg Radio, May 12: Beef Market Update, Tax evasion, and Alberta wildfires

Duration: 54:59

"...Thanks for tuning in to this Friday edition of RealAg Radio! On today’s show, host Shaun Haney is joined by Lyndsey Smith and Kelvin Heppner, both of RealAgriculture for the RealAg Issues Panel..."

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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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Is Ontario Becoming Uninsurable?

"...What is the impact of that? Then, can a new irrigation network in Niagara Region help farmers with the fight against climate change and water scarcity? And, Ontario's "sewer lady" explains how to best prepare for flooding from rainstorms and sewer overflows..."

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What are Zombie Fires? | The Agenda

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

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Academic Research

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

FogFire: fog assisted IoT enabled forest fire management

"...Forest fire disturbs the balance of the earth?s ecological system, increases global warming, flood, drought and decreases the oxygen level..."

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Wildfire national carbon accounting: how natural and anthropogenic landscape fires emissions are treated in the 2020 Australian

"...Greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting of emissions from land use, land-use change, and forestry necessarily involves consideration of landscape fire..."

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Effects of Changing Fire Regimes and Post-Fire Salvage Logging on Forest Ecosystems

"..., prescribed fire, salvage logging, and afforestation with less flammable species) may help land managers to identify the most effective actions for specific forest ecosystems against the prevention of irreversible land degradation..."

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Impact of extratropical cyclones, floods, and wildfires on firms? financial performance in New Zealand

"...The study findings also indicate that floods had no significant effect on the firm?s profit, and wildfires had no significant impact on the forestry firms? profit..."

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Surviving in Changing Forests: Abiotic Disturbance Legacy Effects on Arthropod Communities of Temperate Forests

"...Purpose of Review The increasing impact of droughts, wildfires and windstorms in temperate areas poses a significant challenge to the adaptation capacity of forests and their associated arthropod communities..."

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On the limited consensus of mountain pine beetle impacts on wildfire

"...These findings provide crucial information for wildfire, and forest management agencies, especially in forests newly exposed to this disturbance interaction under climate change..."

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The wildland-urban interface in Poland reflects legacies of historical national borders

"...As such, the WUI is a focal area of wildfire risk, human-wildlife conflicts, and other human-nature interactions..."

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A data-driven analysis and optimization of the impact of prescribed fire programs on wildfire risk in different regions of the

"...Our results show that California and Oregon are the only severe-risk US states to conduct prescribed fire programs that are impactful at reducing wildfire risks, while other southeastern states such as Florida maintain fire-healthy ecosystems with very extensive prescribed fire programs..."

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Roxborough Park Community Wildfire Evacuation Drill: Data Collection and Model Benchmarking

"...The dataset is released in open access and is deemed to be useful for future wildfire evacuation modelling calibration and validation efforts..."

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Wildfire detection in large-scale environments using force-based control for swarms of UAVs

"...Wildfires affect countries worldwide as global warming increases the probability of their appearance..."

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Identifying anthropogenic and natural causes of wildfires by maximum entropy method-based ignition susceptibility distribution

"...Since wildfires destroy forest cover, ecosystems, biodiversity, and habitats, they should be spatially evaluated by separating them according to their causes, considering environmental, climatic, topographic and forest structure variables that trigger wildfires..."

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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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