The England and Wales Wildfire Forum is a multi-agency stakeholder group of public, private and third-sector parties established to address wildfire issues.
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing additional challenges for emergency services and other organisations involved in preventing, preparing for and responsing to wildfires. Any wildfires that start will put even more pressure on fire and rescue services and other emergency services.
The EWWF is asking everyone to support the emergency services at this difficult time. Please follow the UK Government guidance - Stay Home - Protect the NHS - Save Lives.
The EWWF is also asking everyone to "Be responsible: Don't start fires".
The EWWF has released official statements related to wildfire risk during COVID-19:
Wildfires 2019 Conference - 20th and 21st November 2019
The two-day conference focussed on the theme of 'Manage the Fuel, Reduce the Risk', and brought together:
The conference was extremely successful. The event was attended by 190 delegates from 15 countries and included 24 presentations, and 18 poster presentations. The event provided opportunities to share and discuss good practice on how effective and coordinated land management can have a positive impact on reducing the threat and consequences of wildfires.
View the Book of Abstracts from the UK Wildfire Conference 2019 here.
The EWWF would like to thank everyone involved in the event including the hosts at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, all of the speakers and poster presenters, exhibitors, and all of the delegates.
Plans are now being developed to organise the next UK Wildfire Conference to take place in 2021 in Northern Ireland! Further information will be uploaded onto this webpage in 2020.
If you would like to find out more about the event, please visit the please click here to visit the conference website, or you can contact the conference organisers via email at EWWF2019@southwales-fire.gov.uk.
Day 1 Keynote Presentations
Associated Professor. University of Lleida
Carlos Júlio Trindade
Municipal Coordinator of the Municipal Civil Protection Service and Director of the Municipal Heliport
Senior Applied Scientist at the Met Office
Day 2 Keynote Presentations
Faculty (Prescott College) & Incident Commander/Fire Analyst (Grand Teton National Park)
Claire Belcher, Professor of Wildland Fire
Director of the University of Exeter wildFIRE Lab
Zachary Campbell-Lochrie – The role of fuel loading and structure on the physical phenomena that control the flame spread process
Oscar Kennedy Blundell – Pyrogenic carbon formation and degradation in UK peatland catchments
Anna Losiak – Burning trash for science: Using waste to monitor wildfire energies
Rosie Watts – The influence of people on wildfire occurrence in an area in South Wales with a high proportion of human ignitions
Janis Donis – Adaptation of Canadian forest fire danger rating system in Latvia
David Cross – Key statistics on wildfires in England
Sergio Prats – Effectiveness of community based initiatives for mitigation of land degradation after wildfire
Duncan Blake – Mapping wildfire occurrence, extent and severity in Scotland using remote sensing: Some recent advances
Ashleigh Parker - Wildfire research in the Brecon Beacons National Park: fuels, recovery rates and management implications.
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