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Tuesday October 25, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Are You Fire Smart? Adapt to Improve Resilience to Wildfire
Presented by Lori Daniels, Associate Professor of Forest Ecology in the Forest and Conservation Sciences Department at UBC-Vancouver.
Wildfire is an essential process in forest ecosystems, but can be incredibly destructive in the wildland-urban interface. Wildfire is driven by climate, weather and fuels that vary among ecosystems and through time. Combined, land-use change, fire exclusion and global warming have made many forests highly susceptible to intense fires that are difficult to control and spread to large sizes. Revolutionizing forest and fire management will improve ecosystem resilience to climate change, but we will not stop future fires from burning. Successful adaptation must include individuals and communities learning how to live with wildfire.
Wednesday October 26, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
View from the Trenches: 36 Years of Wildfires in BC
Presented by Robert Krause, recently retired from the BC wildfire Service after a 36 year career as a wildland firefighter.
From a 3-person Initial Attack Crew to Incident Commander of one of BC’s Top Incident Management Teams, Rob will share his observations about Fire Behaviour, the changing role of wildland firefighting in BC, and his personal experiences from a career with BC Wildfire.
Thursday October 27, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Changing Extremes: Are they real, or just imagined?
Presented by Dr. Francis Zwiers is director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) at the University of Victoria.
Today’s electronic and print media are replete with stories about extreme weather and climate events from all over the world. These stories draw our attention because of their immediacy and the devastating impacts of these events, which often result in deaths and hundreds or even billions of dollars in damage.
In the aftermath of such devastation, media raise questions over whether extreme events such as the Fort McMurray wildfire (2016, >$3.6B in insured losses) or the Calgary floods (2013, $6.7B USD in total losses) are more frequent and intense than in the past, whether the particular event just passed was caused by human influence on the climate and whether it represents a harbinger of more intense extreme events in the future. Dr. Zwiers will discuss these questions and provide an overview of the latest answers that climate science is able to provide.