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Incoming weather to increase fire behavior in B.C., government suggests

July 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

After several days of favourable weather for firefighting in British Columbia, weather conditions are worsening in the Cariboo Fire Centre, bringing with it an expected increase in fire behavior and wildfire growth, the province’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural

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Report into Fort McMurray wildfire cites communications breakdown in early days

June 9, 2017 Dean Bennett - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – A report into the Fort McMurray wildfire cites critical communications breakdowns as the fire swept into the municipality and forced thousands to flee. Independent consultants that produced the report for the province noted that in the early days

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Alberta government introduces bill aimed at reducing human-caused wildfires and enhancing firefighting operations

November 1, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The government of Alberta announced on Monday that it has tabled a bill introducing measures aimed at reducing the number of wildfires caused by humans and enhancing firefighting operations in the province. Bill 24, the Forest and Prairie Protection Amendment

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Drones get nod of approval for use in fighting British Columbia wildfires

August 9, 2016 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – Drones are about to be added to the firefighting arsenal of the B.C. Wildfire Service. Spokeswoman Erin Catherall says the service has conducted two seasons of trials and is ready to put the remotely controlled aircraft to work.

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Alberta reviews Fort McMurray wildfire re-entry plan as flames spread north

May 17, 2016 The Canadian Press

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – The Alberta government is taking a second look at its plan to allow people to return home to Fort McMurray after explosions damaged some homes in the city and a raging wildfire spread north toward oilsands

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B.C. has seen 59 wildfires since April 1, forestry ministry says

April 18, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

BC Wildfire Service crews have responded to 59 wildfires since April 1, including 12 in the Prince George Fire Centre, the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations said on Friday. Almost all of the wildfires were