Fire & Fuel Management
Current wildfire trends, both in B.C. and Canada, show increased impacts to values from unwanted wildfires and associated suppression costs; increased threats to communities and infrastructure; and increased losses of natural resources including mid-term timber supply. This is being driven by the effects of climate change, the mountain pine beetle fuel type and increasing community, critical infrastructure, and natural resource development on the forested land base.
Fire and fuel management is a holistic approach that incorporates integrated land management, in which fire regimes and effects, values at risk, and multiple resource use activities are considered. These include fuel management treatments to achieve a stated reduction in wildfire risk or other objective.
The BC Wildfire Service is currently moving forward with the integration of fire and fuel management as a key part of its mandate.