Wildland Fire Prevention. Power Lines in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta. The Three “E”s of Prevention. EDUCATION ENGINEERING ENFORCEMENT. ENGINEERING. WILDFIRE STATISTICS. 39/15/8 50/50. 1998 FIRE SEASON Mitsue Fire 49,670 ha $$$$$. Priority Setting for Values at Risk.
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Wildland Fire Prevention Power Lines in the Forest Protection Area of Alberta
The Three “E”s of Prevention • EDUCATION • ENGINEERING • ENFORCEMENT
WILDFIRE STATISTICS • 39/15/8 • 50/50
1998 FIRE SEASON Mitsue Fire 49,670 ha $$$$$
Priority Setting for Values at Risk • #1 Human life • #2 Communities • #3 Watershed & Soils • #4 Natural Resources • #5 Infrastructure
RISK • Values at risk • Surrounding Hazard • How lucky do you feel? • Can you live with the risk? • Can you live with the liability?
The Wonderful World of Law • The world as we knew it has changed • Liability • Can we survive it? • Can we avoid the courtroom?
New Issue? • Power lines identified as an issue in the big fires of 1981 • Wildfire agreements created in 1991 • Mitsue may have been the catalyst to many other issues
What are the issues? • Planning in isolation between main industries • Communication and information sharing could be stronger
POLICY • Spring 2000 Tree-Free Policy implemented • For all new power line dispositions • Attention received from Industry stakeholders
One Thing in Common • Affected everyone doing business in the Forest Protection Area
In Response to the Attention • Executive steering committee was created in summer of 2000 • Working group created
Working Group Membership • 3 Divisions of Land & Forest Service • ATCO • TransAlta • Utilicorp • CAPP • Telus • Rural Electrification Assoc. • Alberta Forest Products Assoc.. • FMA & Quota holders
FIRST THINGS FIRST • Make sure everyone is at the table • Seek to understand then be understood • Begin with the end in mind
What do we want? • Balanced approach to dealing with risk • Sound management practices • Prevent wildfires • Provide reliable & cost efficient services to clients • Minimal bureaucracy • Minimize “Foot Print” on the landbase
CHALLENGE • Attempt to breakdown a complex issue to find out what exactly is the problem • Find simple/straight forward solutions • How to consistently implement the solutions. • How to ensure that we do not go back to the “old habits” of the past
KEY PRINCIPLES • PLANNING • Cooperative • Communicative • Information sharing • WORKING TOGETHER
HOW DO WE DO THIS? • Ensure that everyone is speaking the same language • Communication • Cooperation • Agreements • Workshops • Consistent Process