Canadian Forest Service Publications

Wildland fire risk research in Canada. 2020. Johnston, L.M.; Wang, X.; Erni, S.; Taylor, S.W.; McFayden, C.B.; Oliver, J.A.; Stockdale, C.; Christianson,A.; Boulanger, Y.; Gauthier, S.; Arsenault, D.; Wotton, M.; Parisien, M.-A.; Flannigan, M.D. Environmental Reviews: https://doi.org/10.1139/er-2019-0046.

Year: 2020

Issued by: Great Lakes Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 40103

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1139/er-2019-0046

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Despite increasing concern about wildland fire risk in Canada, there is little synthesis of knowledge which could contribute to the development of a comprehensive risk framework for a wide range of values - an essential need for the country. In this paper, we provide a review of the current context in which risk is variably defined, and adopt the likelihood and impacts model of risk. By synthesizing relevant research related to risk in Canada, we aim to provide a better understanding of research challenges, limitations, and opportunities for future work on risk within the country. In a time of dramatic variability in costs and losses from this natural hazard, there must be more support for complex decision-making under the uncertainty of how to assess and manage risk to coexist with wildland fire.