The 2023 Wildfire Season in the North: A Tale of Two Extremes

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In 2023, Canada experienced the worst wildfire season on record, including record high area burned, numerous community evacuations in the Northwest Territories and beyond, and poor air quality from smoke in both Canada and the Eastern seaboard. Farther west in Alaska, 2023 saw a near complete absence of wildfire until late July, only to be followed by a late season surge.

This presentation will review and contrast the Alaskan and Canadian fire seasons and discuss what lessons we can learn from the tale of two extremes.

  • Piyush Jain (Natural Resources Canada)
  • Rick Thoman (Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy)