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Wildland Fire Management
Canadian Council of Forest Ministers

Fire is a natural and essential ecological process in most of Canada's forests; however, as was vividly illustrated during the 2003 fire season in western Canada, it can also have undesirable social and economic impacts. Balancing the potential benefits and detriments of wildland fire is a complex and at times daunting task for land, natural resource, and fire managers, but one that is vital to public safety and the sustainable management of forests and wildlands. Therefore, under the direction of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers and in accordance with current jurisdictional mandates, the federal, provincial, and territorial governments have been co-operating on the establishment of the Canadian Wildland Fire Strategy (CWFS). The CWFS will seek to balance the social, ecological, and economic aspects of wildland fire to deal with both the root causes and the symptoms of current and potential fire management issues.

It is designed to facilitate the development and implementation of an innovative approach to wildland fire management in Canada that will foster resilient communities and an empowered public, develop healthy and productive forest ecosystems, and incorporate modern business practices.

This report describes the current state of wildland fire and its management in Canada, a vision for a desired future state, and recommendations on how to initiate the necessary changes over the next 10 years.

Recent documents:

PDF logo Canadian Wildland Fire Strategy – A 10-year review and renewed call to action. This report provides a 10-year update on the progress made on the CWFS, outlines required next steps and serves as a renewed call to action.

PDF logo Workforce Demographic Issues in Canada’s Wildland Fire Management Agencies . This report provides information and analysis of workforce demographics and provides recommendations for wildland fire management agencies to address succession planning needs.

PDF logo Developing more common language, terminology and data standards for wildland fire management in Canada. This report provides a summary of common language, terminology and data standards used by wildland fire management agencies in Canada. It provides recommendations for the adoption of standard terminology.

PDF logo Evaluating Past, Current and Future Forest Fire Load Trends in Canada. This report is an analysis of recent and current fire statistics, a review of the scientific literature on climate change effects on projected future fire activity and impacts, and a survey of Canadian fire management agencies to solicit opinions on the factors that may influence both current and future fire activity.

PDF logo Governance Model for Canadian Wildland Fire Management Cooperation Including the Wildland Fire Management Working Group (WFMWG) of the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) and the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC). This report describes a governance model outlining the roles that participants take on and the process for decision making within the WFMWG and CIFFC. It also describes the ground rules for participation in projects and the processes for communicating and sharing within the community.

PDF logo Wildland Fire Management Working Group: Strategic Directions 2014-2019. This report presents the strategic priorities for WFMWG projects for the next 5 years.

Contact:

Bruce Macnab
Head, Wildland Fire Information Systems
Northern Forestry Centre
Canadian Forest Service
Natural Resources Canada
5320 122 Street Northwest
Edmonton, Alberta
T6H 3S5
780-435-7333
Bruce.Macnab@NRCan.gc.ca