Thinning the Forests Could Change Wildfire Patterns, Forest Manager Says

The manager of the UBC research forest near Williams Lake says that after a summer of wildfires, he’s considering more frequent thinning of the forest to prevent such out-of-control fires in the future.

When a fire started in the Alex Fraser research forest on the afternoon of July 7, 2017, Ken Day remembers looking out his window and seeing a stormy sky.

Half an hour later, he said it looked like a volcano going off in the forest near the Williams Lake Indian Reserve. Lightning had struck the land and wildfires were breaking out. read more >>