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.
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.
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)
“Extremes drive the fire business,” said Mike Flannigan (Renewable Resources), a fire scientist at the University of Alberta, noting such critical fire conditions often allow big fires to do most of their work in a day or a matter of days.
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
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 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 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.
U of A wildfire scientist Mike Flannigan (Renewable Resources) and the CBC’s Adrienne Lamb talk with the people studying, fighting and living through blazes in places like Australia, California and Canada.
Humans account for up to 80 per cent of Alberta’s wildfires in May, but that’s likely to change this year as public health measures keep people at home.