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October 25, 2016

Environment Innovation Management Communities Landscapes
 9:00 Keynote: Building Resilience for Future Emergencies – Satyamoorthy Kabilan, Conference Board of Canada. [PDF] [Video]
10:10  Keynote: Event Attribution – The Emerging Science of Attributing Causes to Extreme Events. Francis Zwiers, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium. [PDF] [Video]

Climate Change and Future Wildland Fire Intensity.

Mike Flannigan, Univ Alberta [PDF]

“Fireguard” A Framework For a Wildland Fire Response Decision Support System.

Colin McFayden, Ont Min Nat Res. [PDF]

The Fire Within: Gender and Leadership in Wildland Fire.

Rachel Reimer, Royal Roads Univ and BC Wildfire Service.

Firesmart Home Assessment Program.

Laura Stewart, AB Ag Forestry. [PDF]


Divergent Trends For Fire Activity in Northern Alberta’s Boreal Forest Under Contrasting Human Influence.

Rodrigo Campos, Univ Alberta. [PDF]

“Weathershield” A System for Forecasting Short, Intermediate & Long Term Probabilistic Weather and Indices.

Colin McFayden, On Min Nat Res. [PDF]

National Wildfire Prevention Campaign: Survey Results.

Hayley Hesseln, Toddi Steelman, David Zhang. [PDF]


Future Burn Probability in South-Central British Columbia.

Xianli Wang, Can For Serv. [PDF]

Increasing the Resiliency and Reach of National Fire Information: The Recent Experiences of the CWFIS.

Brian Simpson, Can For Serv. [PDF]

National Interface Mapping For Canada.

Lynn Johnston, Can For Serv. [PDF]

1:25 Keynote: Perspectives from Wilderness. Carol Miller, USDA For Service, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. [PDF] [Video]
 2:10  Overview of the Next Generation-Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System Research
Chelene Hanes, Can For Serv. [PDF]

Resilience in the Human Machine: Preparing for Human Aspects of an Increasingly Dynamic Wildfire Environment.

George Warr, BC Wildfire Service. [PDF]

Wildfire Evacuation Experiences – First Nations.

Tara McGee, Univ Alberta. [PDF]

Mixed-Severity Fire History Inferred From Fire-Climate Relationships and Stand Structure in West Central BC.

Jill Harvey, Univ Victoria. [PDF]


Fire behaviour models and fuels modification in the next generation Fire Behaviour Prediction System

Mike Wotton, Can For Serv. [PDF]

Resiliency in the Human Machine: Developing and Deploying Resilience in the Wildfire Environment.

Erik Hanson, BC Wildfire Service. [PDF]

Building Community Resilience Around Wildfire Risk Mitigation Through a Long-Term, Community-Directed Research Partnership in Teslin, Yukon.

Scott Green, Univ Northern BC. [PDF]

Historic Wildfires: The Space-Time Continuum.

Gregory Greene, Univ British Columbia. [PDF]


Are US Federal Fire Management Systems Resilient?

Christopher Dunn, Oregon State Univ. [PDF]

Spatial Integration of Variable Fuels in the Next Gen FBP System.

Brian Simpson, Can For Serv. [PDF]

Novel Approaches to Understanding Risk Factors of Cognitive Fatigue in Wildland Firefighters.

Andrew Jeklin, Univ British Columbia. [PDF]

A Brief History of Fuel Management in Logan Lake, BC.

Garnet Mierau, Forsite. [PDF]

Using historic landscape vegetation structure for ecological restoration: effects on burn probability in the Bob Creek Wildland, Alberta, Canada.

Chris Stockdale, Univ Alberta. [PDF]

3:50 Special Session: 2016 Horse River Wildfire in Alberta, Canada:

  • Contributing Environmental Conditions, part 1. Cordy Tymstra, Alberta Ag. & Forestry [PDF][Video]
  • Contributing Environmental Conditions, part 2. Mike Flannigan, Univ. of Alberta [PDF][Video]
  • Fort McMurray – Home Survival of Destruction. Al Westhaver, ForestWise Environmental Consulting [PDF] [Video].
October 26, 2017
Environment Innovation Management Communities Landscapes
 8:35 Keynote: What turns a fire into a tragedy? – John Maclean, Journalist & author

Risk Assessment Methods and Post-Fire Outcomes: Insights from the Slave Lake Fire.

Jen Beverly, Univ Alberta. [PDF]

Fire Surveillance and Early Event Detection.

Cordy Tymstra, Univ Alberta. [PDF]

Wildland Fire Risk and Property Insurance.

Dan Sandink, ICLR. [PDF]

Forest Enhancement Society of BC – Delivering the Program Across BC.

Greg Anderson, For Enhancement Soc. [PDF]


Methods for Spatial Simulation of Fire Regimes.

Steve Cumming, Jean Marchal and Eliot McIntire, Laval Univ. [PDF]

Steering Through the Building Code Process in Canada.

Shayne Mintz. Natl Fire Prot Association. [PDF]

Developing a Performance Indicator For Restoring Fire to Parks Canada Ecosystems.

Victor Kafka, Parks Canada. [PDF]


Using FIRETEC/HIGRAD to Model Firesmart Treatments in Alberta. Kerry Anderson,

Can For Serv. [PDF]

Communicating at the Speed of Crisis – Emergency Public information in 2016 and Beyond.

Kevin Skrepnek, BC Wildfire Service. [PDF]

Remote Monitoring Cameras Offer a Force Multiplier Advantage in Wildland Fire Management.

Andrew Low, BC Wildfire Service. [PDF] [Video]

Designing Policy to Engage Okanagan Homeowners in Wildfire Risk Mitigation.

Dory Hayley, Simon Fraser Univ. [PDF]


Design Proposal for Facilitating Information Collection and Distribution in Forest Fire Response Operations.

Anthony Whitehead, Carleton Univ. [PDF]

Parattack: The Evolution of Smokejumping in the BCWS.

Thomas Reinboldt, BC Wildfire Service. [PDF] [Video]

Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire Panel.

Molly Mowery, Wildfire Planning International; Steve King, City of Wenatchee; Andrew Hunsberger, City of Kelowna.[PDF]


Development and Applications of a New Cellular Automata Model for Fire Spread.

Tammy Viggato, Air-Worldwide. [PDF]

 BC Wildfire Service Chainsaw Program Administration.

Chris Spronken, BC Wildfire Service. [Video]

 12:00  Field session: handout [PDF]
  • Vendor demonstrations
  • Rose Valley fuel treatment. Dave Gill, Ntityix Resources
  • Wildfire in a warming world. Lori Daniels, University of British Columbia
  • Bear Creek wildfire 2016. Dale Bojahra, BC Wildfire Service
October 27, 2017
Environment Innovation Management Communities Landscapes
8:35 Keynote: Truth Under Fire Down Under – Gary Morgan, Global Wildland Fire Management. [PDF]

“The Future of Fire Weather Forecasting.” The Human Forecaster Versus Computer Modeling.

Jerry Shields, On Min Nat Res. [PDF]

From Marine Pollution to Inland Wildfire Mapping – The Mobilization of the National Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP) in Support of the Fort McMurray Wildfires.

Kim Pearce, Met Serv Can. [PDF]

Applied Science.

AI Beaver, Wildland Fire Risk Management. [PDF]

Protecting Communities in the Boreal Forest – Development, Maintenance, and Evolution of the Waskesiu Community Fuel Break Within Prince Albert National Park.

Dean Macdonald, Parks Canada. [PDF] [Video]


Utilizing Hi-Resolution Gridded Fire Climate and Danger Data for Risk Assessment.

Tim Brown, Desert Research Inst. [PDF]

Frequent Wildfire Energy Data for the North.

Helena Van Mierlo, Can Space Agency. [PDF]

Alberta’s Wildfire Risk Management Planning Process – Staying Ahead of the Embers.

Randy Spyksma, Forsite. [PDF]

Fuel Moisture Changes From a Sprinkler Watering Treatment in Interior Alaska Boreal Forest.

Devon Barnes, BC Wildfire Service. [PDF] [Video]

Direct Effects of Wildfire on Soil (And Water).

David Scott, UBC Okanagan. [PDF]


Will Canadian Precipitation Analysis System Improve Precipitation Estimates in Alberta?

Xinli Cai, Univ Alberta. [PDF]

Fire Mapping Product Requirements: Finding the Ideal Balance Between “The Best Possible Data” and “Quick Data.”

Michael Ciezadlo, Discovery Air. [PDF]

Assessing and Managing Social Risks on Large Wildfires.

Toddi Steelman and Branda Nowell, Univ Sask. [PDF]

Fuels Management Database.

Rex Hsieh, FP Innovations. [PDF] [Video]

Fuel Loading and Drought Effects on Boreal Wetlands: When to Fllip the Switch?

Daniel Thompson, Can For Serv. [PDF]


Infrared Remote Sensing of Wildfire Behaviour.

Lynn Johnston, Can For Serv. [PDF]

Increasing Threats of Megafires
on the WUI Communities
of Canada.Nirmal Subedi, Can For Serv. [PDF]

Jack Pine Regeneration After Burning Live and Dead Stands: A Simulated Mountain Pine Beetle Attack.

Maria Sharpe, Univ Alberta. [PDF]

 1:40 Keynote: Canadian Wildland Fire Preparedness and Response Plan – Al Tithecott, Wildfire Management Working Group. [PDF]

Evaluating the Efficacy of a Psychosocial and Fitness Intervention in Wildland Firefighters.

Caleb Leduc, Laurentian Univ. [PDF]

Landscape Level Planning – A Case Study.

Stephan Martineau, Slocan Integral Forestry Coop. [PDF]

 2:50 The Spotting Distribution. Thomas Hillen, Univ Alberta. [PDF]

The Commit To Be Fit Program: Working Towards Musculoskeletal Injury Reduction for Ontario Fire Rangers.

Michelle Young, Ontario Ministry Natural  Resources. [PDF]

First Heat – A Simple Planning Tool That Estimates District Energy Costs and Benefits for Communities at Risk of Wildfire.

David Dubois, Comm Energy Assoc. [PDF]