Backgrounder to the 2013 British Columbia Wildfire Season

It may seem a bit premature to publish a backgrounder to the BC 2013 wildfire season before it has happened. But after hosting the 2013 Western Wildfire Conference this spring in Kelowna, which included reports on wildfire from around the world, we thought it would help to set the scene for what might occur here this summer (or some other summer). We are not, of course, forecasting wildfires; let alone a disastrous season. Destructive wildfires may be increasingly probable. But they still remain unpredictable. Nevertheless, this primer is intended to help the media and public make better sense of events that may occur as soon as next week. This may also go some ways to gaining public support for programs that can better defend us against catastrophic wildfire whenever it may happen.

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