FireSmart Research

A hub of wildfire resiliency research

This page will be the platform to share wildfire resiliency research conducted by and in coordination with the BC FireSmart Committee, to suggest research projects and coordinate funding, as well as announce current research initiatives and results.

Our current research
Have a research idea or question?

For more information on FireSmart BC research or to suggest a project or research focus area please contact the Chairs of the Standing Committee for Research at [email protected]

Current Project

WUI case-study research project

Our research currently being conducted over the 2021 wildfire season aims to deliver:

  • A better understanding of the factors leading to ignition and loss of homes and other structures
  • An improved foundation for enhanced FireSmart guidelines and FireSmart communications with the public
  • Better informed policy, legislation and development initiatives regarding FireSmart
  • A stronger foundation for future wildfire resiliency initiatives
Case study guidance

Please note:

FireSmart BC is currently engaged in a research project to study wildfire in the built environment. As part of this study there may be drones, cameras and researchers present in your community. Private data may be inadvertently collected under 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act for the purposes of evaluating the effectiveness of the FireSmart principles. You may be contacted in the event that images or footage from your neighbourhood may be beneficial for public education purposes. An approval process to request permission via a consent and release form will take place before any data is shared.

For more information regarding this research project please email [email protected] or contact:

Kelsey Winter - 250 896 7484
2nd Floor - 2957 Jutland Road; PO Box 9502; STN PROV GOV, Victoria BC, V8W 9C1

Wildfire reliency papers from around the world

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Location
National guide for wildland-urban-interface fires Canada Learn More arrow
Cities Adapt To Extreme Wildfires Ontario, Canada Learn More arrow
Three Steps To Cost-Effective Wildfire Home Protection Ontario, Canada Learn More arrow
FireSmart measures begin with maintenance Ontario, Canada Learn More arrow
Blueprint for wildland fire science in Canada (2019-2029) Alberta, Canada Learn More arrow
Fire behaviour in thinned jack pine: two case studies of FireSmart treatments in Canada's Northwest Territories Alberta, Canada Learn More arrow
Fire-smart forest management: A pragmatic approach to sustainable forest management in fire-dominated ecosystems Ontario, Canada Learn More arrow
Barriers to FireSmart Development in Alberta Alberta, Canada Learn More arrow
Awareness And Adoption of FireSmart Canada: Barriers And Incentive Saskatchewan, Canada Learn More arrow
Scientists’ warning on wildfire — a Canadian perspective Canada Learn More arrow
The Photoload Sampling Technique Colorado, USA Learn More arrow
New California law requires seller of home to disclose vulnerability to wildfires California, USA Learn More arrow
Wildfire Resilience Strategies for Real Estate Washington, DC, USA Learn More arrow
Forest fires and the law Rome, Italy Learn More arrow
Ember Characteristics South Carolina Learn More arrow
Changing Wildfire, Changing Forests Washington, USA Learn More arrow
Fire Smart Territory as an innovative approach to wildfire risk reduction Italy, Portugal, Australia, Greece Learn More arrow
Future impacts of fire-smart landscape management on biodiversity under rural abandoment and climate change scenarios Porto, Portugal Learn More arrow
The Science of Firescapes: Achieving Fire-Resilient Communities Oxford, England Learn More arrow
Wildfire Management in Chile: Increasing Risks Call for More Resilient Communities Valdivia, Chile Learn More arrow
Exposing hidden-value trade-offs: sharing wildfire management responsibility between government and citizens Victoria, Australia Learn More arrow
Bushfire & natural Hazards CRC Queensland, Australia Learn More arrow

Research videos

Watch:
IBHS Research Center Ember Storm Test Highlights
Watch:
Understanding Wind-Blown Embers From Structural Materials and Vegetation

Who’s behind the research?

The Standing Committee of Research under the BC FireSmart Committee is tasked with providing guidance on how best to support the furthering of wildfire resiliency in BC, establishing a method for research project coordination across the province, nationally and internationally as well as with aligning research priorities with those of FireSmart Canada as well as national agencies like Canada Wildfire, CIFFC and Natural Resources Canada.

Research partners