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Thompson Rivers University

Institute for Wildfire Science, Adaptation and Resiliency

Institute for Wildfire Science, Adaptation and Resiliency

The establishment of the wildfire institute is a significant step forward in supporting Canadians with solutions to the reality of living with wildfires. This groundbreaking research institute will spearhead studies and innovations aimed at preventing, mitigating, responding to and recovering from wildfires.

The wildfire institute demonstrates TRU's leadership in wildfire science research and innovation. As Canada faces an alarming increase in wildfire activity — in BC alone, more land burned from 2017 to 2023 than in the previous 58 years combined (1959-2016) — the need for comprehensive research and adaptation strategies has never been more critical.

Located on TRU’s main campus in Kamloops, the wildfire institute is uniquely positioned to translate research to practice. The community is a hub for wildfire response including a Provincial Wildfire Coordination Centre for the BC Wildfire Service, a Provincial Airtanker Centre and the Central Region offices of Emergency Management BC. The institute, and the Kamloops campus, is on the traditional lands of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc and we respectfully acknowledge the Indigenous Fire Keepers that have managed these lands since time immemorial.

TRU Wildfire, in collaboration with the BC Wildfire Service, is a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to addressing current and future wildfire challenges. Learn more

Our goal with the wildfire institute is to generate research that directly impacts the lives of British Columbians and Canadians, enhancing our collective ability to adapt to the ever-increasing threats posed by wildfires. We are committed to fostering collaboration and forging new alliances to bring cutting-edge knowledge into the field.— Shannon Wagner
vice-president of research at Thompson Rivers University

Research and innovation making an impact

Protecting Canadians, communities and critical infrastructure through improved fire management and decision-making strategies.

Developing leaders in wildfire science through exceptional research opportunities

Learning from and collaborating on research and innovation related to Indigenous land stewardship and fire management practices

Advancing the science behind predicting extreme fire weather conditions and climate change

Integrating innovative tools and strategies into wildfire response

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