Wildfires: Causes, Consequences and Coexistence (in Victoria)

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. The combination of land-use change, fire exclusion and global warming have made many forests highly susceptible to intense fires that are difficult to control and contain. 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 coexist with wildfire. What does this mean for the upcoming fire season in British Columbia? Are there specific fire risks we need to pay attention to in the Capital Regional District?

Hear a presentation from the UBC Faculty of Forestry’s Professor Lori Daniels, MSc’94, followed by a Q&A that was moderated by UBC’s President & Vice-Chancellor, Professor Santa J. Ono.

Recorded May 1, 2019, in Victoria, BC.

Presented in partnership with the UBC Faculty of Forestry.