Wildfire risks are increasing in B.C.’s forests

By Nick Raeside, wildfire control
Victoria Times Colonist
October 8, 2017
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

The following is a quote from the 1957 B.C. Forest Service Handbook on Forest Fire Suppression: “Small fires of up to 200 or 300 acres may be controlled on what is termed a one work-period attempt.” … ideally, it meant one day. These words were written at a time when the B.C. Forest Service was a well-staffed, efficient organization, working without many of the resources available today. Sixty years later … there have been many technological advances. …But other changes have been less positive. Global warming has led to the spread of forest pests such as the mountain pine beetle due to winters being too mild to hold them in check. Large areas of insect-killed standing timber can pose a high wildfire risk to communities in the B.C. Interior. …In the future, it’s likely the fire season will start earlier and end later. 

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