FE2.2 - On Fire pt. 3 "In the Wobble"

Scorched earth near Ootsa Lake (photo by Mendel Skulski)

Scorched earth near Ootsa Lake
(photo by Mendel Skulski)


Another year, another fire season. We’ve already had a lot to say about wildfire, forest science, traditional ecological knowledge, and prescribed burning, but we’re not done yet! In this episode, we tour the Province of BC (and dip down into Washington State) to meet vigilante fire fighters, researchers, and First Nations Chiefs: all working in their communities towards a future of true wildfire resilience.

This episode is a condensed version of a 2-part series on wildfire resilience produced for the Bulkley Valley Research Centre. If you want to dive even deeper, you can listen to both of those episodes here.

Photos of Burns Lake Southside & Alkali Lake:

Show Notes

This episode features Clint Lambert, Chief Maureen Chapman, Dr. Lori Daniels, Dr. Sonja Leverkus, Dr. Paul Hessburg, and Chief Francis Johnson.

Special thanks to the Bulkley Valley Research Centre, Leigh-Ann Fenwick, Navarrana Smith, Sheena Briggs, Dawn Hansen, Frank Varga, Bruce Blackwell, Les Husband, Ken Johnson, 102.3 The Bear, Cameron Bentley, Fern Yip, Simone Miller, Cassy Allan, Ilana Fonariov, Darren Stanislaus, and the Access to Media Education Society.

Music for this episode was produced by VALSI, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Cat Can Do, Jonathan Scherk, Ben Hamilton, Leucrocuta, Spencer W Stuart, kmathz, and Sunfish Moonlight.

A lot of research goes into each episode of Future Ecologies, including great journalism from a variety of media outlets, and we like to cite our sources:

Chapman, M., & Abbott, G. M. (2018). Addressing the new normal: 21st century disaster management in British Columbia: report and findings of the BC Flood and Wildfire Review, BC Flood and Wildfire Review.

Daniels, L.D. (2017, September 26). RE: 2017 Megafires in BC - Urgent Need to Adapt and Improve Resilience to Wildfire [open letter to BC Premier John Horgan & FLNRORD Minister Doug Donaldson]

Daniels, L.D., S.M. Hagerman and S. Ravensbergen (2018). Wildfire Prevention and Fuels Management in the Wildland-Urban Interface: BC Community Perceptions. Report to the Union of BC Municipalities, First Nations’ Emergency Services Society, BC Community Forest Association and BC Wildfire Service. May 2018. 30pp.

Hessburg, P. F. et al. (2015). Restoring fire-prone Inland Pacific landscapes: seven core principlesLandscape Ecology30 (10), 1805–1835. doi: 10.1007/s10980-015-0218-0

Jones, R. P. (2019, January 28). B.C. forests contribute 'hidden' carbon emissions that dwarf official numbers, report says. CBC. Retrieved from https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/sierra-club-report-forest-carbon-emissions-1.4995191

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