Into the Fire
Nature created it. Humans harnessed it. And now, as global warming lights a flame to our forests, scientists are desperately trying to understand it.
Fire has always been a double-edged sword. Through the ages, we’ve used it to keep warm, cook our food, and make tools. But we’ve also been devastated by its destructive path.
Canadians witnessed the human toll first hand in Fort McMurray. As the number and intensity of wildfires increases, the burning of our forests is wreaking havoc on entire ecosystems and even urban environments.
Can new research help us understand it, and design new ways to fight it?
We’ll discover the latest research on the physics of fire and explore new techniques to predict and prevent it. Along the way, we’ll meet the fascinating characters whose jobs compel them to head straight Into the Fire.
Watch the premiere broadcast on CBC’s The Nature of Things on Sunday November 5, 2017 at 8pm.