Blueprint for wildland fire science in Canada (2019-2029)

Like much of the world, Canada is experiencing more frequent, extreme, and complicated wildland fire events. Experts agree that this trend will continue. Although fires can play an important role in forest ecosystems, these enhanced events have the potential to put more lives, critical infrastructure and economies at risk.

Enhancing wildland fire science

Preparing and managing for wildland fire events, now and in the future, requires evidence-based decisions, policies, and practices, supported by strong science and technological innovation. As climate change continues to amplify and alter the way wildland fires behave, our national science capacity needs to be strengthened to grow Canada’s resilience to wildland fire.

Enhanced science capacity will help us understand the ways fire may be changing. It will also improve how we respond and adapt, including the ways we manage forests and fire events, the ways we plan and build our homes and communities, and the ways we prepare for wildland fire related emergencies.

The Blueprint

Blueprint for Wildland Fire Science in Canada (2019-2029) is a strategic 10-year plan of action focused on building national wildland fire science capacity. It identifies existing research gaps, priority research topics, and recommendations to enhance wildland fire research.

To develop the Blueprint, Natural Resources Canada – Canadian Forest Service worked with a pan-Canadian team of government, Indigenous, academic and non-government partners, with input from experts and other stakeholders across the country.

Strong wildland fire science can help make Canada more resilient in the face of new and changing wildland fires. Read the Blueprint for Wildland Fire Science in Canada (2019-2029).