December 2021

BC's Current Urban Interface Fire Situation

Hosted by the Sea to Sky Branch

Status: 33 seats available
Date: Monday, December 6, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM–1:00 PM Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Lori Daniels
Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
University of British Columbia

Bruce Blackwell M.Sc., RPF, R.P.
Principal B.A
Blackwell and Associates
Credit: Eligible for 1.5 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $10.00 + GST = $10.50

Non-Registrant Price: $15.00 + GST = $15.75

Student Price: $10.00 + GST = $10.50
Contact: For more information, please email the Sea to Sky Branch
Note: Registration deadline is Tuesday, November 30, 2021.
This session will review the summer of 2021 fire season wildfires experience and discuss the risk wild fires pose to communities and the changes of current climate will impose on the design, operation, and regulation of communities.

Performance of organized FireSmart treated communities will be compared to untreated communities. Wild fire prediction, modelling, and risk prognosis. Discussion of soil moisture in treated community forests. Review resource allocation to fire suppression operation and the promises for new wildfire prevention measures. Implications for new construction of planned communities and applying FireSmart principles to existing communities. Controlled burns and methods of substitution for them in the Urban Interface. Growing issues of building and facility insurance. What can engineers and geoscientists do about urban interface fires in terms of design and operation covering FireSmart and building protection systems.


Lori Daniels

Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, University of British Columbia

Lori Daniels research strives to advance fundamental scientific knowledge on forest dynamics, which is imperative for conserving and managing contemporary forests and adapting to global environmental change. The research characterizes how natural disturbances, humans, and climate interact to drive temperate forest dynamics and resilience. It has produced three key contributions:

  1. The international collaborations demonstrate widespread tree mortality in North and South America, disentangling the relative impacts of drought, insects, and pathogens.
  2. Many forests in the Canadian Cordillera are increasingly susceptible to wildfire due to complex interactions among fire suppression, land-use and climatic change.
  3. The novel forest reconstructions include tree-ring methods adapted to address aboriginal cultural uses and traditional management, largely overlooked by forest managers.

The enduring partnerships with local to national governments, environmental organizations, forest management companies, community forests, and First Nations have helped translate these scientific advances to operational conservation, restoration, and management policies and practices.

Bruce Blackwell M.Sc., RPF, R.P.

Principal B.A, Blackwell and Associates

Bruce has more than 30 years experience as a professional forester and biologist primarily focused in fire and forest ecology, silviculture, vegetation management, wildland/urban interface planning, forest policy, and practice audits and reviews. Bruce is considered a provincial expert in fire and fuels management and has managed numerous innovative projects related to fire risk identification and mitigation for both the public and private sector. He has provided expert opinion testimony and numerous interviews on the topic of wildfire in BC. Bruce assisted the Firestorm 2003 Review Team in the development of recommendations on forest management and policy to mitigate the risk of catastrophic fires in the wildland/urban interface of BC. He has also applied his expertise in developing numerous wildfire community protection plans and wildfire risk assessments, risk management systems, fuel treatment prescriptions, and fire management plans. Bruce's silviculture experience includes preparation of silviculture and stand management prescriptions. He has extensive experience in the assessment and auditing of soil disturbance and has developed and delivered a comprehensive training package on the subject to coastal and interior clients. In addition, he has applied the biogeoclimatic ecosystem classification to ecosystem description and classification to a number of studies related to forest productivity and forest succession. Bruce has an extensive background in forest management policy development, strategic planning, management and research with over 25 published and peer reviewed reports to his credit.

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