Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Environmental Sciences Seminar Series: Wildfire 2017

Examine the 2017 wildfires and their causes, consequences and solutions through the lens of learning to better live with wildfire.

Presenter

Dr Lori Daniels, UBC

Abstract

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 also include individuals and communities learning how to live with wildfire.