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How wildfires in the North made the fire safety standards we all use today


I spoke with Greg Nyuli, who was chief of the Deh Gah Got’ie Dene council in Fort Providence, N.W.T. during the 1990s. He was at an international wildfire conference for boreal nations when scientists made their pitch for International Crown Fire Modelling Experiments. The Deh Gah Gotie Dene knew the perfect place: a forest surrounded by a horseshoe-shaped bog (“The last thing we wanted to do was start a big wildfire!” Nyuli said). To make the most of the series of test fires, a whole bunch of international organizations were involved, including NASA, the U.S. Forest Service and a number of companies developing flame retardant materials. They were able to test their theories about wildfire behaviour with real forest fire flames, creating the standards for home and firefighter safety we use today.

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The Discourse
Saturday, May 5, 2018