Wildland Fire Canada 2016 “Building Resilience”


Wildland Fire Canada 2016

Building Resilience

24-28 October 2016, Kelowna, BC, Canada

About the Conference

The overall conference title is “Building Resilience”, designed to reflect a critical fire management objective of our time: changing patterns of wildland fire and other stressors will demand resiliency within our landscapes, communities, and fire management organizations.

The program is designed around four main themes: Anticipating change; Designing resilient fire management systems; Defining and managing resilient landscapes; and Planning smarter, safer, resilient communities.

Abstracts are now being accepted for oral presentations and abstracts (deadline: 30 June 2016):

1. Anticipating change

Scenarios, monitoring, prediction tools

  • Climate change and extreme events
  • Increasing fire complexity
  • Fire behaviour, danger and risk assessment

2. Designing resilient fire management systems

Shaping the landscape to facilitate successful fire management outcomes, strategies, tactics and practices to cope with increasing fire complexity and extreme events

  • Prevention
  • Decision support systems
  • Human factors: safety, wellness, recruitment, decision making
  • New technologies

3. Defining and managing resilient landscapes

Understanding and managing for fire resilient landscapes

  • Fuel and land management planning and economics
  • Incorporating fire effects and fire regimes into land management
  • Case studies of successful implementation

4. Planning smarter, safer, resilient communities

Strategies, tactics and practises to create more fire resilient communities

Community planning and policy

  • Public education and engagement
  • Emergency operations response

Dates and times

Opening mixer: Monday, October 24, 2016, evening

Main program: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 to Thursday, October 27, 2016

Additional optional activities (workshops, additional field trip, other meetings) on Monday, 24 October and Friday, 28 October 2016


In addition to the main program, a series of optional workshops are being developed to provide opportunities for small-group interaction with software model developers around key fire behaviour and fire ecology topics. Workshops are limited to 40 participants each, and will be held on Monday, 24 October and Friday, 28 October. Workshop attendance is an additional $25 per participant per workshop.

The workshop selection is still being finalized; at the present time, the following workshops are being offered:

Monday, 24 October 2016

  • Burn probability modeling with Burn P3 (13:00 – 15:00)
  • Overview of the new Ontario grassfire behaviour model (13:00 – 15:00)
  • Introduction to FuelCalcBC (15:00 -17:00)
  • Using FOFEM for building prescribed fire prescriptions (15:00 – 17:00)

Friday, 28 October 2016

  • Overview of CANFIRE (09:00 – 12:00)
  • Fire and natural history walk (10:00 – 15:00)

Registration is now open! (Register Now)

Conference website:http://www.wildlandfire2016.ca/



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