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B.C. Wildfires 2017: SFU experts for commentary

July 13, 2017

Weeks of dry hot weather coupled with strong wind and lightning has helped ignite a number of fires in B.C.’s interior. These Simon Fraser University experts are available to provide commentary:

Kenneth Lertzman, resource & environmental management, can speak on the ecology of fire and other natural disturbances in B.C.’s forests, fire history in B.C.’s forests, fire-climate relationships, forest ecosystem resilience and forest management.

250.333.8600,  (email is the best way to arrange interviews)

Tim Takaro, health sciences, can speak on the relationship between climate change and wildfires in B.C. and how it’s contributing to cardiorespiratory disease.


Deborah Harford, ACT (Adaptation to Climate Change Team), can speak on the increasing number of climate change-related risks in B.C. including forest fires as well as responses that build resilience.


Lindsay Meredith, business, can speak on the economic impact forest fires will have on B.C.


Rob Gordon, criminology, can speak on predators at disaster scenes and what police are doing to prevent these undesirables from invading vulnerable properties.


Justin Wong, University Communications, 778.782.3035/778.782.5151,