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NAFC – Fire Management Working Group Report

Bill de Groot

Canadian Forest Service

Roberto Martinez Dominguez

Comision Nacional Forestal

Tom Harbour

US Forest Service


Charter Objectives:

  • Exchange experiences and technological advances regarding prevention, wildland fire management, and fire use.

  • Provide mutual aid and technical exchanges between Canada, Mexico, and the United States in the development of strategy and appropriate fire management actions.

  • Actively participate in programs with other fire agencies throughout the world to support international cooperation and development in fire management.


Current Activities

  • 42nd Annual Fire Management Working Group Meeting

    • Canada and Alberta co-sponsored meeting

    • Oct. 7-9, 2008, Banff, Alberta

    • Session theme: fire, mountain pine beetle, and fuel mgt

    • Pre-meeting workshops: Canada-Mexico Fire Science and Technology Exchange

    • Alberta Fire Management Tour:

      • Provincial Forest Fire Centre: fire operations

      • Canadian Forest Service: fire research

      • University of Alberta: education

      • National Parks: prescribed burning, fuel mgt

      • Hinton Training Centre: National Fire Training


Ongoing Activities

  • Fire Management Study Tours

  • Purpose is to exchange information between countries on fire problems, and methods to find solutions. Usually results in recommendations and considerations for improvement from both visitors and hosts.

  • Formal study tours started in 1968 when North America hosted a tour delegation from 23 countries

  • Every 4 years, NAFC-FMWG hosts an Australia/New Zealand study tour delegation; Australia/New Zealand provides the same, so that the host location alternates every 2 years

  • Other foreign delegation tours are regularly supported or hosted by NAFC-FMWG and its members


Ongoing Activities

  • The International Wildland Fire Conference Series

  • NAFC-FMWG is a major supporter of the IWFC’s, in cooperation with FAO and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)

  • Has become the major international conference on fire management, S&T applications, and wildland fire policy (the last conference attracted 1600 people from 88 countries)

  • 4 previous conferences: Boston 1989, Vancouver 1996, Sydney 2003, Seville 2007

  • NAFC-FMWG is strongly represented on the International Liaison Committee, assisting to plan the next conference in South Africa (in 2011)


Ongoing Activities

  • The Global Wildland Fire Network

  • The Global Wildland Fire Network serves as an advisory body to the United Nations system (under UNISDR)

  • NAFC-FMWG represents the North America region, one of 13 Global Regions in the Network

  • Each Network is hosting a Regional Consultation to discuss regional fire problems, and identify steps towards solutions

  • NAFC-FMWG is planning to host a Regional Consultation for the Americas (in 1-2 yrs), including South America, Central America and the Caribbean

  • Results of the Regional Consultation process will be presented at the 2nd International Wildland Fire Summit


Future Focus: Critical Fire Issues

  • Fire suppression challenges: steadily increasing costs, demographic changes (limited young recruitment), increasing fire activity and greater demand on limited resources, equipment renewal and upgrades, and litigation

  • Wildland – Urban Interface (WUI): continuous expansion of the WUI and greater exposure to fire regimes of increasing fire activity

  • Land management: need to focus on the core issue of fire in land management rather than the suppression of wildfire

  • Climate change: consistent general trend of increasing area burned, fire intensity, fire severity, and longer fire seasons

  • Air quality: increasing wildfire activity causing release of greater amount of pollutants, resulting in greater public exposure to hazardous emissions

Thank you – Gracias!

41st NAFC-FMWG Meeting

Guadalajara, Mexico

Sept. 25-27, 2007

North America-Australasia Joint Regional Meeting

4th International Wildland Fire Conference

Seville, Spain

May 14-18, 2007

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