2018 Interface Fires Workshop: Risks & Mitigation

In recent years, the threat of wildfires has become a reality for many communities across British Columbia. The summer of 2017 provided dramatic examples of the devastation that wildland fires can have when they quickly spread into nearby communities. This includes the unique threats to infrastructure that water and wastewater facilities face, include damage to watersheds. This workshop is designed to provide water and wastewater professionals with an overview of interface fires, including how to assess risk before and after a fire event, common mitigation practices, and tools (such funding resources) that are available to communities. 


Who should attend?

Individuals who are involved in developing risk management plans for water facilities and watersheds, including operations managers, operators, consultants and engineers.


March 13, 2018


Thompson Rivers University Conference Centre

Campus Activity Centre
805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC V2C 0C8


0.6 CEU Core for WWC - WD - WWT - WT - SWWS - SWS


Registration is now closed!

Member: $249.00 + GST
Non-member: $369.00 + GST


Education Program

 View the full schedule of presentations


Event Facilitator: Bruce Blackwell

bruce cBruce is the principal of B.A. Blackwell & Associates Ltd. and has more than 30 years experience as a professional forester and biologist, primarily focused in fire and forest ecology, wildland/urban interface planning, silviculture, vegetation management, forest policy, and practice audits and reviews. He is considered a provincial expert in fire and fuels management and has managed numerous innovative projects related to wildfire risk identification and mitigation for both the public and private sector. 

Bruce was the lead author of the Professional Practice Guidance document for Fire and Fuels Management for the Association of BC Forest Professionals (ABCFP) and in 2016 he received the Association’s Distinguished Forester award. He has also contributed to BC’s wildfire data and systems, including the methodologies used for the first iteration of the Provincial Strategic Threat Assessment. He has applied his expertise in developing numerous wildfire community protection plans and wildfire risk assessments, risk management systems, fuel treatment prescriptions, and fire management plans across BC and in other jurisdictions, including Alberta and Alaska.

Featured Speaker: Lane Simon

new laneLane will be sharing his moving firsthand account of water operations during the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfires, when he stayed behind with first responders to ensure that the water stayed on. He is an experienced operations professional who has worked for leaders in the pulp and paper industry, such as Tolko and Fabco. His first interaction with the water and wastewater sector was when he became involved in the effluent treatment plant at a pulp mill. In 1998, Lane became a Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator for the City of Merritt. Later, he worked for the Comox Valley Regional District. He is currently employed by the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Alberta.







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