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How wildfire crews are avoiding COVID transmission

June 11, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Changing the way firefighters eat their meals in camps, having masks on hand, and social distancing are among the precautions the Saskatchewan government has taken to ensure it responds to disasters with the ongoing pandemic. “In Saskatchewan, we have already

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Dry conditions in Nova Scotia fuelling three large wildfires

May 27, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

HALIFAX – Provincial officials in Nova Scotia are warning about the potential for forest fires in dry, humid conditions as firefighters battle three significant wildfires across the province. The fires burning Tuesday follow a weekend blaze near Porters Lake east

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COVID 19 pandemic adds risk to wildfire season: B.C. forests minister

May 21, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

NEW HAZELTON, B.C. – The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the danger of British Columbia’s wildfire season and the province’s forests minister says public help is crucial to reduce fires. Doug Donaldson says wildfires caused by humans are preventable and divert

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Federal scientists predict high wildfire risk across Western Canada

May 6, 2020 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON – A majority of forests in Canada face a higher-than-normal wildfire risk this summer, say federal scientists. The forecast map from Natural Resources Canada suggests every region west of central Quebec will face an above-average hazard. “We’re starting to

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The hard part of managing wildfire risk

February 26, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Your clients may be doing all the right things to manage their wildfire risk, but what about the property halfway down the street? “You can have four homes in a row that are perfectly maintained, just the way they are

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Is climate change driving up the risk of wildfires in Canada?

January 8, 2020 Mia Rabson - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – Canadian wildfire experts say Canada is very vulnerable to the kind of devastating wildfires ravaging Australia right now. More than 12.5 million acres (about 5.1 million hectares) of bushland have burned in Australia since October and prime forest-fire

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November 3, 2019 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Reinsurers bore a large portion of the Fort McMurray wildfire losses. Now, they want better data on Canada’s high-risk areas

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Alberta approves disaster funding for wildfire, flood damage

October 4, 2019 The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Wildfires and too much rain this year will put a $30-million dent in Alberta’s finances. The United Conservative cabinet has declared official disasters in some communities to free up money to cover damage caused by the flames and

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What’s happening with police report on B.C. wildfire that destroyed more than 200 structures

September 18, 2019 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The RCMP investigation into the cause of a massive wildfire that destroyed homes and charred nearly 2,000 square kilometres of land in British Columbia has now been passed to the BC Prosecution Service for consideration of charges.

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How this city uses technology to detect wildfire

September 3, 2019 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Thermo-sensing cameras were installed in Alaska to help the fire department locate, analyze and monitor wildfires, officials said. The security-like thermography camera is meant to help the Anchorage Fire Department respond to fires faster by providing a

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We will rise from those ashes:’ Ranch still rebuilding two years after

August 30, 2019 Lauren Krugel - THE CANADIAN PRESS

CALGARY – Melody Garner-Skiba and her family have had some tough conversations since a wildfire raged into Waterton Lakes National Park in southeastern Alberta two years ago, spread into nearby grassland and destroyed their horse-breeding ranch. “It’s definitely taken a

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Flammable liquid risk should be top of mind for these clients

August 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Commercial clients looking for ways of managing wildfire risk should turn their mind at some point to flammable liquid storage. “You wouldn’t want a gas can right up against the building,” said Scott Steinmetz, global head of risk control, MidCorp