Learning about megafires

Learn about how massive wildfires spark in the summer at a video presentation that's coming to Vernon this May.

The Era of Megafires presented by the City of Vernon, North 40 Productions, and the US Forest Service are will screen at The Schubert Centre on May 14 at 7 p.m.

“The risk from wildland interface fires is a growing concern for many B.C. communities, including Vernon,” said Vernon Fire Rescue Services interim Chief David Lind. “Past efforts to reduce these risks have often been project based and lacked the continuity required to be effective and sustainable."

"Government policies have placed environmental or other priorities at odds with wildland interface fire safety."

The 60-minute video explains how the number of large, severe wildfires has been on the rise.

Megafires are wildfires that burn more than 100,000 acres.

They often destroy and damage communities, wildlife habitat, and natural resources.

The presentation shows the conditions that lead to megafires and how they might be managed or mitigated.

“A future without wildfire isn’t an option,” says Dr. Paul Hessburg, a research landscape ecologist with Pacific Northwest Research Station. “So, what kind of future do we want for our forests? The goal of this project is to share a vocabulary and increase the understanding and ability of ordinary citizens so that they can enter into local discussions and planning for a more certain future for public forest lands."

This presentation is open to the public and is free of charge. 

For more information and updates, visit the Era of Megafires website.

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