Alberta sees ‘historically low’ 2020 wildfire season; experts look at weather, pandemic as factors

Mike Flannigan (Renewable Resources) is interviewed about the reasons behind the quietest wildfire seasons in recent years in Alberta. “In terms of area burned, it’s one of the quietest years on record,” said Flannigan.

California wildfires are huge this year, but not deadliest

With months still to go in California’s fire season, the state has already shattered records for the amount of land scorched in a single year — more than 4 million acres to date, with one blaze alone surpassing the 1 million acre mark. Mike Flannigan (Renewable Resources) is interviewed.

Record-breaking California wildfires surpass 4 million acres

In a year that has already brought apocalyptic skies and smothering smoke to the West Coast, California set a grim new record Sunday when officials announced that the wildfires of 2020 have now scorched a record 4 million acres. Fire season that is far from over. Mike Flannigan (Renewable Resources)

Wildfires, logging affect fungi pine forests depend on for survival, studies show

Disturbances can hit Alberta’s lodgepole pine forests hard—including life under the soil, which can stress forests and make it tougher for pine seedlings to regenerate, said Jean Rodriguez Ramos, a PhD candidate in Renewable Resources at the Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

Ottawa invests $5M in wildland fires research

The Wildland Fire Research Network in Canada will work in collaboration with NSERC and the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science. The U of A-based network will be led by wildfire expert Mike Flannigan (Renewable Resources).

The Arctic is thawing and sea ice is vanishing causing northern wildfires and alarming scientists

The thawing permafrost is causing thermokarst, turning the firm ground into wetlands affecting animal and human mobility, including caribou and reindeer, according to U of A soil expert David Olefeldt (Renewable Resources). The thawing permafrost also releases more greenhouse gases.

U of A wildfire expert to head up national research network

U of A wildfire scientist Mike Flannigan (Renewable Resources) is the principal investigator for the NSERC Canadian Wildfire Strategic Network announced today. The new federal network will foster collaborative research aimed at making Canada more resilient to wildfires.