Fires and Climate Change

“Though immediately surpassed by the 2018 wildfire season, 2017 saw wildfires burn a record 12,000 square kilometres in BC, an area a little larger than a third of Vancouver Island. Made up of more than 1300 individual fires, the wildfires forced thousands from their homes, cost the province more than half a billion dollars and resulted in the longest state of emergency in the province’s history, at ten weeks.”

from PacificClimage.org

“Increased wildfire activity likely in the future

They found that the extreme fire risks of 2017 were made two to four times more likely because of anthropogenic climate change and the area burned was increased by a factor of seven to 11 times.”

from CBC News Article, Jan 2019

…and In the Upper Skagit Watershed

“As of Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, the 50-hectare, lightning-caused fire was burning about 1.3 kilometres from Silvertip Campground and about one kilometre from the Skagit Valley Provincial Park access road. Strong winds are in the forecast for Friday and they could put the Silvertip Campground and park road access at risk. As a result, campers are being evacuated and the park will remain closed until further notice. The closure also affects the popular endurance race, the Fat Dog 120, which has been cancelled.”

from News.Gov.bc.ca, Aug 2018

Yes, climate change and the effects on the land are part of our regular conversation and decision making. No option really, is there. SEEC is paying attention to what other agencies and organizations are doing in this regard. We all learn from one another.