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Coverage of wildfires since February 14, 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..."


Local MLA believes provincial government mismanages forestry industry

"...TAYLOR, B. C. Peace River North MLA Dan Davies believes the $7 million sale of Canfors pulp mill in Taylor is the latest example of the provincial government's mismanagement of the forestry industry..."


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..."


Are we building affordable homes in harm's way?

"...The steadily growing prevalence of devastating wildfires and flooding have revealed new vulnerabilities in Canadas existing housing stock. As participants in a panel on housing resilience, held as part of the 2024 CatIQ catastrophe conference, explained, flood-related losses involving residential buildings is now about $2 billion, according to federal government data. Almost four million Canadians live in floodplains prone to one-in-200-year events..."


Climate change threatening Valentines Day roses

"...The report cites a study that showed that droughts in East Africa between 2020 and 2022 were found to have been more than 100 times more likely and more severe because of climate change..."


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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 firesso 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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Area Fire Manager (Thompson, MB)

"...Manitoba, Government of (Thompson MB): Wildfire Service is responsible for the prevention, detection and suppression of wildfires..."

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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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Recent episodes that mention wildfires.

Awaited AgriRecovery funding announced for livestock producers affected by drought and wildfires in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and

Duration: 7:54

"...The federal government, along with the provincial governments of Alberta, B. C. , and Saskatchewan, have announced a total commitment of $365 million for AgriRecovery programs to help livestock producers affected by drought and wildfires this past summer..."


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! Youll hear from Peter Wheat Pete Johnson, RealAgricultures resident agronomist, on a number of topics including: wildfire smoke impact on newly planted crops, crop emergent, and sulphur deficiency..."


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..."


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..."


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..."


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..."


Blue Whales Return to the Seychelles & AI Spots Wildfires Early | WEF | Top Stories of the Week

"...1:47 The EU will track forest fires and logging from space Europe's forests, covering roughly 4% of the world's total, face mounting pressure..."


Marine climate change - Can our sealife survive? | DW Documentary

"...Wildfires, drought, melting glaciers - the impact of climate change is clear to see..."


Academic Research

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

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..."


Future Changes in Indicators of Climate Hazard and Resource in the UK

"...River floods become more frequent in the north and west of the UK, but low river flows and droughts also become more frequent, and water quality in upland water sources declines..."


Cellular automata-based simulators for the design of prescribed fire plans: the case study of Liguria, Italy

"...Background Socio-economic changes in recent decades have resulted in an accumulation of fuel within Mediterranean forests, creating conditions conducive to potential catastrophic wildfires intensified by climate change..."


Estimation of the Post-burning Area of the Fire Hazard Severity Zone in California from Landsat 8 OLI Images Using Deep Learnin

"...A forest fire is an unplanned and unexpected event that contaminates our environment by burning the grass, trees, and vegetables of any forest and have an impact on the country?s economic model and the functioning of our ecosystem..."


Characterization and Propagation of Historical and Projected Droughts in the Umatilla River Basin, Oregon, USA

"...Climate change is expected to have long-term impacts on drought and wildfire risks in Oregon as summers continue to become warmer and drier..."


A Generalized Accelerated Failure Time Model to Predict Restoration Time from Power Outages

"...Major disasters such as wildfire, tornado, hurricane, tropical storm, and flooding cause disruptions in infrastructure systems such as power and water supply, wastewater management, telecommunication, and transportation facilities..."


Synthesis of the land carbon fluxes of the Amazon region between 2010 and 2020

"...Overall, our results point to increasing human-induced disturbances (deforestation and forest degradation by wildfires) and reduction in the old-growth forest sink during drought..."


How forest management changed the course of the Washburn fire and the fate of Yosemite?s giant sequoias (Sequoiadendron gigante

"...In the aftermath of the Washburn fire, we evaluate how decades of fire management and recent roadside thinning in the Park shaped the tactics and outcomes of this wildfire..."


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..."


Building wildland?urban interface zone resilience through performance-based wildfire engineering. A holistic theoretical framew

"...In recent years, a worldwide expansion in the frequency of large, uncontrolled, and catastrophic wildfire events has occurred, creating drastic social, economic, and environmental damage, especially in wildland?urban interface (WUI) zones..."


Fuel types misrepresent forest structure and composition in interior British Columbia: a way forward

"...Background A clear understanding of the connectivity, structure, and composition of wildland fuels is essential for effective wildfire management..."


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.