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Our Purpose is to deliver
practical solutions for living
well with wildfire

Providing evidenced-based empirical research to enhance prevention and mitigation efforts that reduce the risks and negative impacts of wildfire on communities and forests
mitigation and prevention

Reduction of probability and severity of unwanted wildfires

Wildfire response

Improving suppression success, pre-suppression tactics, firefighter safety, and maximizing efficiencies

Post-fire response and recovery

Post-fire recovery and rebuilding to increase forest health and resilience

National wildfire data collection

Strategy and implementation


The FPInnovations Wildfire Operations Group conducts research that spans many provinces and territories. To create consistent and recurring opportunities for success, FPInnovations is a partner at several research sites – two in the Northwest Territories and one in Alberta.

The research sites allow for multi-organizational collaboration with execution on many projects simultaneously. The research sites allow for prescribed burns to test different vegetative treatments and their response while burning under varying weather conditions. This allows for the expansion of knowledge surrounding community protection, firefighter safety, aviation, and technology. Furthermore, having access to areas that can be burned in 95th percentile fire weather conditions allow researchers to study conditions that are challenging for wildfire suppression efforts.

To learn more about these research sites through a virtual tour.

(Alberta link coming soon!)


Want to see where our project ideas come from?

Got your own project idea?

Proposals must be received in by September in order to be considered for the next field season. If you are seeking to submit outside this time period please contact:


Our team of researchers combines several years of wildfire operational experience with strong research and management skills. The unique capabilities and personalities of our team members allow us to be innovative and adaptable, and our small size allows us to be responsive to members’ research needs.

Greg Baxter
Senior Researcher

Rex Hsieh
Senior Researcher

Steve Hvenegaard
Senior Researcher

Razim Refai
Senior Researcher

Brandon MacKinnon

Andrew Stack

Greg Griffiths

Funding Partners

For more information about our group, any of our projects, or our website, please contact us: