IBC says BC wildfires to double in 40 years
The Vancouver Sun highlights a study recently released by the Insurance Bureau of Canada and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction forecasting that the number of annual wildfires in BC will double by 2050. The yearly average between 2000 and 2010 was 2,000 forest fires, and in 2010 alone, more than 310,000 hectares were impacted by forest fires.
The Study attributes the escalation in wildfires to climate change, and related issues such as “warmer temperatures, declining – and, in some regions, disappearing – mountain snowpacks, more intense rainfall during the winter, and drier summers.” In the Sun article, Provincial representatives are worried, but not unaware of the coming risks noting that they are making efforts to create more “fire-resistant ecosystems”.
As the impacts of climate change become more noticeable and severe in the coming years, risk management will be one of the many issues that forest-dependent communities will need to contemplate.
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