Communicating Wildfire

*Edited 21 May to add books by Michael Kodas and Gary Ferguson. 2017 was the worst wildfire season on record in BC. A total of 1,342 fires burned through almost 3 million acres of forest. At the height of the fires, over 65,000 people across the province were evacuated from their homes. The three largest…

Spring: Snow, Water, Wildfire, and Gardening

The BC River Forecast Centre (RFC) released their April 1 snow survey bulletin this week. April 1st snow water equivalent (the depth of water you’d have if you melted the snow instantaneously) is used as a surrogate for the total seasonal snow accumulation and for the maximum seasonal snowpack on the ground. After April 1,…

Wednesday on the Web – 2 August Edition

What?? It’s August already? Where is the summer going?? Here on Vancouver Island we’re on our 46th day without rain, and are in the middle of a serious heat wave. The fire hazard remains at extreme, and the area of the province at that rating continues to expand. The BC Drought Information Portal hasn’t been…

Western Canadian Wildfires, 2017 Edition

Most of my information focuses on BC wildfires, as that’s what affects me the most. I’ve also included cursory updates for Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories. You can follow the links provided for more detailed information. BRITISH COLUMBIA Yesterday was a terrible day for wildfires in BC. Over 140 new fires were ignited…

Wednesday on the Web: 28 Jun Edition

Well this year’s solstice definitely ushered in summer. From a cool and damp spring we jumped to a dry, hot summer – seemingly overnight. It was hard to adjust to 33°C at first, but now 25°C seems cold. Here’s what I’ve been reading and thinking about this week. Wildfire on the Great Plains While we…