“We’re not taking any particular policy recommendations here. We just want to make sure that policy makers and the public know what the situation is,” says Murphy.
“It’s too simplistic to just attribute this to climate change as is typically done, because you would suspect it to be a systemic problem. But as I say, it’s really just a few localized areas that had bad years recently, where the nation as a whole that’s not the case.”
The study shows that despite some high profile forest fires in recent years, including Timmins 9 and Parry Sound 33, the amount of forest burned in northern Ontario has been very stable over the last 6 decades.
While wildfires in BC, Alberta, and here in northern Ontario have hogged headlines in the past few years, a new study says fires are not actually getting worse as the climate warms. We heard more from Robert Murphy, a senior fellow at the Fraser Institute and the author of a new study. 7:28