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CBC FireSmart Project 2010
Research in 2010 focused on testing vegetation management principles and different ways to suppress wildfires. Vegetation management principles such as thinning trees, pruning branches and mulching are put to the test by igniting fires and documenting their passage through the testing area.
The 2010 fire trials were put to an abrupt end when the site received a down pouring of 48 mm of rain but researchers are already making plans for next year. “The burns couldn’t happen without the support and involvement of the community of Fort Providence.” Says Ray Ault of FPInnovations, he has been coming to Fort Providence for 13 years and each year he is welcome by the community and looks forward to coming back.
Figure 1 - French PhD student Maïa Séfraoui takes a break from fire research to grab a bite to eat.
Figure 2 - The 2010 Canadian Boreal Community FireSmart Project research team.
Figure 3 - Fire Behaviour Specialist Mike Williamson assists with the instrumentation of a plot prior to burning.
Figure 4 - University of Alberta’s Mark Ackerman coordinates the setup and instrumentation of a structure in a burn plot.