2010 – Province of British Columbia
Fires that burn over forest and range lands are called “wildland” fires, and are a natural aspect of British Columbia’s landscape. British Columbia has played a lead role in the Canadian Wildland Fire Strategy, and has led the way by developing a complementary strategy specifically for B.C. The B.C. Wildland Fire Management Strategy gives provincial direction for the management of fire that will effectively restore the natural role of fire in ecosystem processes, as well as improve our ability to continue providing a world-class level of wildfire response when unwanted fires occur. The Strategy flags the issue of high fuel load and hot, dry connections that are a challenge in wildland fire management. The current approach focuses on reduction of fire hazards in interface zones, controlled burns, and fire management and monitoring, rather than fire suppression, when there is minimal risk to communities, infrastructure or resource values.