Unpredictable and extreme weather patterns have become routine. Consistently warmer and drier years are placing new strains on forest ecosystems. Trees are becoming increasingly stressed and dehydrated by the prolonged changes, making them more vulnerable to attack from beetles, rusts and other pests and ripe for the ravages of wildfires.
There are more than 8,000 forest fires each year in Canada. In many cases their behaviours are changing with the climate. Their ferocity and changeability ushers new definitions of catastrophe. The Fort McMurray inferno last spring is one chilling example.
Those charged with containing and extinguishing wildfires are testing and investing in an increasingly technology-driven arsenal of tools. Unmanned aerial vehicles—or drones—are one example. read more >>