Canadian Forest Service Publications

Canadian Forest Service Fire Danger Group. 2021. An overview of the next generation of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System. (Information Report GLC-X-26). Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Great Lakes Forestry Centre. Information Report GLC-X-26. 70 p.

Year: 2021

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 40474

Language: English

Series: Information Report (GLFC - Sault Ste. Marie)

Availability: PDF (download)

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Every day of the fire season across Canada wildland fire managers rely on the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) to provide them with an understanding of the potential for fires to start and spread. This system has evolved over more than eight decades through a comprehensive research program aimed at developing models that can be used to inform decision-making needs of wildland fire management operations in Canada. The core parts of the CFFDRS have not been updated in decades, while the complexity of fire management decision-making is increasing. This document provides a high-level overview of the Canadian Forest Service research and development program focused on producing the next generation of the CFFDRS. This new CFFDRS represents only the next evolutionary step for the system and is not an end point in its development. Furthermore, what is described here is a vision for what we hope to complete, document and be ready to begin implementing with fire management agencies by 2025.