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AVAILABLE EXPERT – Wildfires continue to burn in British Columbia, Washington State

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Queen’s University nursing professor, Dana Edge is available to comment on the displacement of residents of Rock Creek, British Columbia and the toll wildfires can take on humans. The Rock Creek fire is slowly being contained but other wildfires in British Columbia’s interior continue to burn.

“The toll on individuals and communities from wildfires can be long-lasting, particularly when faced with evacuation,” says Dr. Edge. “Increasingly, it is important for individuals, families and communities to be firesmart in vulnerable areas.  Municipalities and provincial governments can play a role in ensuring that community disaster plans are up-to-date and that citizens are prepared during fire season.  Clear communication and reliable reports from authorities are key measures that assist people cope with uncertainty and the potential loss of property and livelihoods.”

Dr. Edge was part of a research team exploring the human dimension of wildfires. Find more information on their research here.

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