A Bitter Lesson – California Wildfires

Camp Fire, one of three recent wildfires in California, resulted in near total destruction of the town of Paradise with large loss of life. Over the last two decades increased wildfire activity  in California has led to greater damage to property, increase in the loss of life,  and sky-rocketing costs of forest management. President Trump … Read more

Wildfires in BC – Margaret Wente’s assessment!

In the August 31, 2018 edition of the Glove and Mail, Margaret Wente suggests that linking of forest fires with climate change is rhetorical.  Or, as she put it:  ” The rhetoric matches the images”, a reference to the many photos of burning forests and communities impacted wildfires. As an example of rhetoric, she quoted … Read more

Wild Fires: 2016, 2017 and 2018! Have we seen the worst?

In 2016 a forest fire ravaged Fort McMurray. In 2017 smoke from a record number of BC forest fires triggered an air quality advisory of record length In 2018 a new record number of forest fires (emphasis added) overwhelmed BC’s current infrastructure for fighting fires. These 2018 fires, which in many instances remain out of … Read more

Ottawa gets it right!

In our 4RG blogs we have commented on mitigation of risks (adaptation) created by a warming climate:  severe weather events that result in flooding, and long periods of drought that lead to devastating forests fires. According to Don Forgeron, the President and CEO of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the annual economic costs of natural disasters … Read more

Canada’s biggest climate change event of 2016

The wildland/urban interface disaster that struck Fort McMurray, Alberta in May 2016 was the largest ever insured loss in Canada.  This wildfire destroyed more than 2,400 structures. Wildfires are a distinct emergency that have and will lead to increasing losses. This is clear from comparing Fort McMurray, where the losses topped $3.6 billion, with previous … Read more

Premier Notley visits Fort McMurray

The Fort McMurray wildfire was sufficiently under control to allow Premier Notley to visit the damaged area of the town.  The wildfire is still advancing towards the Saskatchewan border, but, as it is no longer a risk to any inhabited area, there is no immediate need to check its progress.  Some rain and cool temperatures should … Read more

Destruction of Fort McMurray

In 2011 we commented on the tragedy of Joplin, Missouri, a town that was wiped out – flattened! – by a severe tornado.   The videos of the residents surveying the destruction were heart-wrenching: the speakers were in shock as they recognized they had lost everything! Nobody wishes to exploit a tragedy as severe as the wild fires that … Read more