2006 Fire Hazard Abatement on Conservation Lands: Best Management Practices

Posted March 21, 2006 | Categories : Controlled Burning,Management,Reports |

The purpose of the BMP document is to provide stewardship guidelines for fire hazard abatement in a variety of Conservation Lands in order to prevent adverse impacts on Conservation Lands; for example, parks and protected areas, ungulate winter ranges (UWR), wildlife management areas (WMA), wildlife habitat areas (WHA) / fish & wildlife reserves and Order In Council reserves (e.g., ecological reserves). The primary users of this document will be biologists and foresters developing prescriptions for fuel treatments within Conservation Lands. This BMP was developed for the Omineca Region, but it may apply to other areas of the Province. The intent is to guide development of prescriptions and identify stand level practices that will help protect and maintain habitat structure, while simultaneously reducing fuel hazard and fire risk. Wildfire risk is defined as the probability of a wildfire event multiplied by the

Old burn area

consequence of that event occurring. Risk is not the same as hazard; a hazard is something that can cause harm and a risk is the probability and consequence of that hazard causing harm. When fuels become hazardous (i.e., build up to a level that could result in a harmful wildfire), the risk of a wildfire event occurring should determine the appropriate management response. For example, where the probability of a wildfire event is high but the consequence is low (e.g., in an isolated natural area with low values at risk) the level of risk may be acceptable and a treatment prescription may not be required. On the other hand, if the probability of wildfire is high and the consequence is high (e.g., in a forest adjacent to a community with high values at risk) a treatment prescription may be required to mitigate that risk. This can be achieved by prescribing treatments that will reduce the level of fuel on the site to a point where it is no longer considered hazardous. The following BMP will address how treatment prescriptions should be applied in Conservation Lands to maintain or enhance wildlife habitat values of the area.

Source link and other information:

Link to PDF report: BMP Fire Hazard Abatement on Conservation Lands 2006.

Increasing concern over fuel build-up relating to the current Mountain Pine Beetle epidemic has led to calls for fire hazard abatement treatments in some Conservation Lands. Specific BMP guidelines were desired in order to ensure that Conservation Lands objectives would be minimally impacted by fire hazard abatement treatments.

Author: Bruce A. Blackwell and Amelia Needoba

Date Published: Dec 2006

Report ID: 12090

Audience: Government and Public