Canadian Forest Service Publications

Forest fire management in Canada. 1993. Stocks, B.J.; Simard, A.J. Disaster Management Vol. 5(1).

Year: 1993

Issued by: National Capital Region

Catalog ID: 34067

Language: English

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Abstract

Canada's large forest reserves have always been intimately linked with the economic, social and cultural development of the country. Protection of these forests from unwanted wildfires has been the focus of extensive efforts throughout the 20th Century. Reconciling the natural role of fire in forest ecosystem maintenance with the need to protect forested lands that are valuable from an industrial and recreational perspective has been an ongoing concern, particularly during the past two decades. Canadian fire management and fire research agencies have developed highly sophisticated systems for predicting the occurrence, behaviour and impact of forest fires, and have been quite successful in controlling a large percentage of the fires that occur in high-value areas of the country. However, periodic extreme fire weather events, in combination with constrained protection budgets, ensure that wildfires will always be a major force in Canadian forests, and that society must adapt to this fact.