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Fifty years of wildland fire science in Canada

Author(s): Sean C. P. Coogan, Lori D. Daniels, Den Boychuk, Philip J. Burton, Michael D. Flannigan, Sylvie Gauthier, Victor G. Kafka, Jane Park, B. Mike Wotton
Year Published: 2021

We celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Journal of Forest Research by reflecting on the considerable progress accomplished in select areas of Canadian wildland fire science over the past half century. Specifically, we discuss key developments and contributions in the creation of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System; the relationships between wildland fire and weather, climate, and climate change; fire ecology; operational decision support; and wildland fire management. We also discuss the evolution of wildland fire management in Banff National Park as a case study. We conclude by discussing some possible directions in future Canadian wildland fire research including the further evaluation of fire severity measurements and effects; the efficacy of fuel management treatments; climate change effects and mitigation; further refinement of models pertaining to fire risk analysis, fire behaviour, and fire weather; and the integration of forest management and ecological restoration with wildland fire risk reduction. Throughout the paper, we reference many contributions published in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, which has been at the forefront of international wildland fire science.

Citation: Coogan, Sean C. P.; Daniels, Lori D.; Boychuk, Dennis; Burton, Philip J.; Flannigan, Michael D.; Gauthier, Sylvie; Kafka, Victor G.; Park, Jane S.; Wotton, B. Michael. 2021. Fifty years of wildland fire science in Canada. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 51(2):283-302. dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2020-0314
Topic(s): Fire History
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 22674
FRAMES RCS number: 62831
Record updated: Mar 8, 2021