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How to reduce wildfire losses by 30-60%

December 17, 2021 by Jason Contant

It’s a common misconception that “everything is completely gone” if you’re in the path of a destructive wildfire, said Michael Young, vice president of model product management with Risk Management Solutions Inc. (RMS).  “One of the interesting facts that most people

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Drought, wildfires, COVID-19 drive up Saskatchewan deficit to record $2.7B

December 2, 2021 Mickey Djuric - THE CANADIAN PRESS

REGINA – Saskatchewan’s latest financial report says drought, wildfires and the COVID-19 pandemic have heavily contributed to what is projected to be a record deficit. The mid-year report released Monday shows a deficit of $2.7 billion, an increase of $97

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Extreme wildfire weather increasing around the globe, some of the largest increases in Western Canada: research 

November 25, 2021 Bob Weber - THE CANADIAN PRESS

New research suggests the risk of extreme wildfire events is increasing across the globe, with some of the largest increases in Western Canada.   The research, conducted by Natural Resources Canada and published Thursday in the journal Nature, says rising temperatures and

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Is B.C.’s 2021 wildfire season the worst on record?

November 9, 2021 by Jason Contant

British Columbia’s 2021 wildfire season was severe, but it wasn’t the costliest on record from a suppression standpoint, according to a summary report from the BC Wildfire Service. Between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2021, a total of 1,610 wildfires

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Wildfire that destroyed Lytton, BC was not train-related, safety board finds

October 15, 2021 by Jason Contant

There is no evidence that railway operations contributed to the wildfire that destroyed the town of Lytton, British Columbia this summer, an investigation from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has found. “The TSB has not identified any link

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Montreal-made website uses AI to show impacts of climate change on any address

October 14, 2021 Tara Deschamps - THE CANADIAN PRESS

TORONTO – Imagine Parliament Hill blanketed in orange skies, floodwaters climbing the sides of BC Place stadium or a thick layer of smog fogging the view of Halifax from Citadel Hill. These are all scenes depicted on a website published

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Peatlands protect against wildfire and flooding, but they’re still under attack in Canada

October 13, 2021 The Canadian Press

By Edward Struzik, Fellow, Queen’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, Ontario. This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure

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A fire season like none other

October 6, 2021 Jason Contant, Online Editor

Even as B.C. wildfires continue to burn, investigations begin and claims start rolling in.

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Okanagan Lake area wildfire could cost the industry nearly $80 million

September 24, 2021 by Greg Meckbach

An interior British Columbia wildfire this past August, which forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 properties, will cost the industry an estimated $77 million, the Insurance Bureau of Canada said Thursday. The White Rock Lake fire began on Aug.

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B.C. must shore up risk crisis communications before, during, after wildfires: report 

September 23, 2021 The Canadian Press

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – Upgrades to communications systems in British Columbia’s wildfire zones are needed to save lives and properties, says a report released Wednesday.   The Thompson Rivers University report, which examined B.C.’s communications practices during the devastating wildfire seasons of

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Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

September 22, 2021 The Canadian Press - THE CONVERSATION

This article was originally published on The Conversation, an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. Disclosure information is available on the original site. ___ Author: Yvonne Su, Assistant Professor in the Department of Equity

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Wildfire activity decreasing across B.C., but 200 blazes still burning

September 10, 2021 The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER – As of noon Friday, campfires are once again allowed across most of British Columbia, with only the drought-challenged region of southern Vancouver Island still covered by restrictions. The BC Wildfire Service says campfire prohibitions are being removed across