2017 Interface Fires: Risks & Mitigation

Postponed until 2018.

With wildfires being a reality for most of British Columbia, and with dramatic examples of the devastation that these fires can have when they interface with communities, water and wastewater facilities have particular risks for their own infrastructure, including watersheds. This workshop is designed to provide attendees with knowledge about interface fires, including assessing risk before and after a fire event, mitigation practices, and tools that are available for communities including funding opportunities.

Who should attend?

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



October 12, 2017 - CANCELLED


Thompson Rivers University Conference Centre, Kamloops


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


 Earlybird pricing extended: August 31, 2017

Early bird closes August 18, 2017
Early bird member: $199.00 + GST
Early bird non-member:  $319.00 + GST

Regular registration closes October 2, 2017
Regular member: $249.00 + GST
Regular non-member: $369.00 + GST



Education Program

We are very pleased to announce special guest speaker Lane Simon from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, who will present on the water utility experience before, during and after the Fort McMurray fire of 2016.

08:00-08:30 REGISTRATION
08:30-09:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
09:00-09:45 Wildfire risks to water supply and infrastructure 
09:45-10:15 Emergency management plans 
10:15-10:30 BREAK


Fort McMurray - The experience of water operators during and after the 2016 wildfire
Lane Simon - Regional District of Wood Buffalo 


Round Table discussion



13:15-13:45 If you live in the forest there will be a wildfire! Be Prepared!
13:45-14:00 Resources (Programs and Funding)

Mitigating risks for infrastructure - Case studies from around British Columbia
Dan Leighton, Fire Chief, Logan Lake

14:30-15:15 Round table and panel discussions
15:15-15:30 BREAK
15:30-16:00 Recovery - what are the risks to a community after a wildfire?
16:00-16:15 FLNRO Post Fire Risk Assessment
16:15-16:30 Addressing the post-wildfire risks - Case study
16:30-17:00 Round table and panel discussions
17:00-17:30 Wrap-up

(Subject to change)


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