2007-08-06

Wildfire threat can be reduced says Silvicultural Association

Planting wildfire breaks, thinning forest fuels and executing prescribed burns can do as much to reduce the wildfire threat across British Columbia as fire suppression according to a provincial forestry industry association.

“As we face increasingly severe wildfires and extended fire seasons across the province the forestry work we need to undertake in the woods when the fires aren’t burning is going to become more critical to the survival of communities and eco-systems,” says John Betts Executive Director Western Silvicultural Contractors Association (WSCA). Betts says decades of successful fire suppression have seen our forests fill in with more trees and more fuels on the forests’ floors. The ongoing mountain pine beetle plague along with other bugs and blight are adding to that load. And climate change is literally capable of fanning the flames.