2011-01-16

B.C. shares pine beetle lessons with Alberta

Wildfire experts say the pine beetle is making forest fires more dangerous to fight and warn it will worsen as millions of dead trees fall to the ground in B.C. and Alberta.

In recent years, fires have roared through dying and dead pine in the B.C. Interior. The blazes have forced thousands of people from their homes and put fire crews at risk.

Firefighters say the fires in beetle-killed trees burn so hot it's like dealing with a forest of kiln-dried lumber. Crews are often forced to retreat and build containment lines — lighting their own fires to starve the oncoming flames of fuel.