Preparing for wildfires: UBC experts share their tips

UBC Faculty of Forestry
May 24, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

Kelsey Copes-Gerbitz

Sarah Dickson

Around 1,600 wildfires burn in British Columbia every year. While many wildfires are a natural and important part of B.C.’s landscapes, climate change is driving hotter and drier conditions that can make wildfires more threatening. As these fires grow larger and more frequent—beginning earlier in the spring and extending well into the fall—UBC experts emphasize the importance of adapting to the new reality. Drs. Kelsey Copes-Gerbitz and Sarah Dickson-Hoyle, faculty of forestry wildfire researchers, share valuable insights in this Q&A. They suggest practical measures for individuals and communities to protect their homes and surroundings from the B.C. wildfire risk, while calling for broader-scale solutions.

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