Forest Fire Management

B.A. Blackwell and Associates Ltd. are at the forefront of BC forest fire risk assessment, on both a large and small scale. We developed the Provincial Strategic Threat Analysis and have expanded its application within various regions. Our Wildfire Risk Management System provides wildfire threat ratings based on the probability of fire versus the severity of consequences. This system has been applied by local and regional governments, BC Parks, forest companies in BC and Alberta, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in Alaska. We have developed leading-edge applications to map and classify fuel types, historic natural fire regimes, and changes in fuel conditions associated with the effects of fire suppression and changes in forest health.

Our expertise includes:

  • Community Wildfire Protection Planning completed for over 20 municipalities and five regional districts in BC

  • Wildfire hazard assessments completed at local and regional levels

  • Wildfire behaviour modeling. Models used include:

    • Canadian Fire Behaviour Prediction System
    • Burn P3
    • Prometheus Fire Growth Model
    • FARSITE
    • FlamMap
    • US Behave Plus
  • Fuel management

  • Wildfire prevention planning

  • Prescribed burn planning

  • Policy development:

    • Retained by the Association of BC Professional Foresters and Forest Practices Board of BC to develop policy on forest fire and fuel management related issues
    • Provided written recommendations for the 2003 Firestorm Provincial Review