Fire Behavior in Mountain Pine Beetle Stands - “The British Columbia Experience”
- September 21st, 2016 12:00PM to 1:00PM - SEE WEBINAR RECORDING BELOW!
Presented by: Dana Hicks, Canadian Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations
Lodgepole pine stands have always been an aggressive-burning forest fuel complex, but with the infestation of the mountain pine beetle, the bar has been raised in terms of fire behavior and suppression/tactics. Forest fires are now burning with devastating results, leaving large areas of blackened ground and wildland fire managers and resource managers frustrated and confused. Existing wildland fire prediction models and fire suppression efforts are severely challenged in the burning of this “new” forest fuel complex.
Dana’s talk will give the British Columbia experience with an unprecedented infestation and the resulting wildfires in this new fuel complex, including the development of a new forest fire fuel type model and fire behavior being observed in this fuel type.
He will tie experiences in B.C. to our infestation challenges in the North Atlantic region.