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Wildfire risk is elevated this year. Why the pandemic made it worse

August 7, 2020 by Adam Malik

The central and Pacific coast of British Columbia could see an increased risk of wildfires this year, a new report predicts. And COVID-19 restrictions could make the risk higher, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty warned in its 2020 Wildfire Report,

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Who’s getting funding for new research in wildfire prediction, responses

July 31, 2020 THE CANADIAN PRESS

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – A university located in the heart of one of British Columbia’s most volatile forest fire regions will lead new research in wildfire prediction, prevention and response. Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops was chosen for the research that

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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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How this reinsurer views property risk in Fort McMurray

May 4, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Some properties affected by the current flooding in Fort McMurray, Alberta, were also affected by the massive wildfire in 2016 but despite the multiple tragedies, the properties are still considered insurable. “Property in the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta is

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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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How B.C. plans to address nat cat risk management

October 29, 2019 Dirk Meissner - THE CANADIAN PRESS

VICTORIA – The challenges of preventing and responding to devastating wildfires and floods in British Columbia and the prospect of more disasters to come has prompted the government to reassess its emergency management laws. The Emergency Program Act needs to

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The burning question: where is Canada’s national wildfire plan?

October 1, 2019 by Adam Malik

Enough talk about wildfire risk has taken place, says Zurich Canada’s risk boss. Now there needs to be real action around building a national strategy on wildfires. It’s been three years since the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta., for which

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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