Wildfire management agencies across Canada have been actively conducting forest fuel treatments for the past two decades. In most cases, regular re-treatment is required to maintain a site's capacity to reduce fire behaviour. However, our understanding of when and how to re-treat these sites is limited. By collecting initial site information (fuel type, treatment method, location), and conducting regular vegetation inventories and periodic fire behaviour predictions, wildfire managers can begin to get a sense of when these sites might need to be re-treated.
This project aims to develop a universal long-term monitoring and data collection protocol that would produce the data necessary to determine treatment maintenance schedules and would allow the information to be shared across districts and, possibly, across provinces.