2021 Banff Wildfire Forum

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Get Wildfire Ready

Participate in this evening discussion - online - about the latest research on wildfire risk, Banff wildfire response plans, and what people in our community need to know and do to be ready for wildfire.

You are invited to:

  • Learn how climate change is affecting wildfire in Canada and our region
  • Hear about fighting bush fires in Australia and how lessons learned help landscape fire management and emergency preparedness in Banff National Park
  • Learn how the Town of Banff and Parks Canada are prepared to respond to wildfire
  • Learn what residents and businesses need to do to prepare for wildfire season
  • Provide input and ask questions about the Town’s emergency response plan

 Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 

How: participate online in the Zoom video webinar

Who should participate:

  • People who live in the Town of Banff and elsewhere in Banff National Park
  • Businesses in the Banff townsite and region
  • Organizations and Agencies in the Bow Valley involved in Emergency Coordination Centre 

REGISTER: https://banff.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a2TxRLgJRgCvsPfViSIppw


6:30 – 6:35 p.m.    Welcome

6:35 – 7:15 p.m.    

  • Dr. Mike Flannigan, Professor of Wildland Fire, and Scientific Director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science, University of Alberta
  • The Impact of Climate Change on Wildfire in Canada

7:15 – 7:25 p.m.    Intermission – Video presentation

7:25 – 7:45 p.m.    

  • Jane Park, Fire/Vegetation Specialist, Banff Field Unit, Parks Canada Agency 
  • Community Protection: Lessons from Down Under

7:45- 8:05 p.m.        

  • Don Mortimer, Banff FireSmart Program 
  • Town of Banff FireSmart Neighbourhoods Program

8:05 – 8:25 p.m.    

  • Chief Silvio Adamo, Town of Banff
  • Banff Wildfire Prevention, Emergency Alerts, Rapid Response and Evacuation Plans

8:25 – 8:30 p.m.    Wrap up and Next Steps

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