SASKATOON – A University of Saskatchewan professor hopes an external review is conducted on the province’s long-term wildfire strategy. Wildfires in northern Saskatchewan forced the evacuation of over 13,000 people earlier this year.
Toddi Steelman, an environment and sustainability professor at the university, said a review should be conducted on all phases of wildfire response at a local, federal and international level.
Steelman hopes the review doesn’t just focus on this year’s wildfire situation but on the future as she expects similar fire seasons to occur.
“What the climate change models predict is that we are going to see larger wildfires and more intense fires over time and that’s exactly what we saw this year,” said Steelman.
“Really dry year, low humidity, lots of wind and it’s the perfect conditions for fire.”
The Saskatchewan government has stated it…
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