New collection: Forest Fires and Climate Change
In the summer of 2017, 1.22 million hectares of the B.C. landscape went up in smoke in what was then a record-breaking wildfire season. This trend was repeated in 2018, with this time 1.33 million hectares burning. Two years earlier, the Fort McMurray wildfire — known as “the Beast” — forced the evacuation of nearly 90,000 residents in what became the largest wildfire in Alberta's history. Is this the new normal? Can we expect the situation to get even worse? In this collection we examine what role climate change is playing in lighting a flame to Canadian forests.