Increased concern for drought and wildfires in B.C.: Why and how climate change could be playing a role | Globalnews.ca

The BC Wildfire Service is also quite concerned, not only for this season but for the years to come. “From a wildfire perspective we’re seeing climate change affect us in two different ways. It’s generating more severe weather events, long term heat waves, longer termed drought, and a longer fire season,” wildfire prevention specialist Dana Hicks said. But we’re also seeing a change in the fuels across British Columbia. Insects and diseases are able to overwinter successfully, and that’s affecting the fuel.” Research outlined in an article by Climate Atlas of Canada, also shows that drought increases to amount of dry fuel available to burn and fire weather researchers says “the future is smoky.”

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