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.

  • 2018
  • 13-14
  • 11 Titles

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The National Smoke suffocates B.C., poses significant health risk

Health officials say even short exposure to the smoke can have wide-ranging effects: from headaches and dizziness to reduced birth weight for babies who are exposed while in the womb.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:16
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 10/11/2018

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News in Review - September 2016 Taming “The Beast”: The Fort McMurray Wildfire

In the spring of 2016 a wildfire in northeastern Alberta grew so quickly it overtook the community of Fort McMurray. Almost 90,000 people were told to leave the town immediately. The fire consumed 590,000 hectares and destroyed 2,400 homes before being tamed. Firefighters nicknamed it ​"​The Beast.​" ​ It became the largest and costliest wildfire in the province’s history.​
  • 2016
  • 00:19:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/20/2016

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  • Taming “The Beast”: The Fort McMurray Wildfire

Doc Zone Weather Gone Wild

Summer snowstorms. Disastrous flooding. Devastating wind and ice storms. Rampaging wildfires. Ruinous drought. Our weather has taken a turn for the extreme. And it’s going to get worse. As intense and unpredictable weather becomes the new normal, how can we adapt and survive? As a result of climate change, the new global buzzword is “adaptation,” as cities and citizens scramble ...
  • 2014
  • 00:43:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/18/2014