About Us

The staff and students associated with the Fire Management Systems Laboratory study the impact of fire in boreal forest ecosystems and use operational research methods and information technology to develop decision support systems for fire and forest managers.

The University of Toronto has an ongoing partnership with the Canadian Forest Service to develop a program in physical fire science based at the Faculty of Forestry. This program focuses on research related to forest fire behaviour and the development of enhancements to the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System. read more


New Publication and Dataset

September 2016
Brian Stocks and David Martell's paper entitled, "Forest fire management expenditures in Canada: 1970-2013" was published in the Forestry Chronicle, 2016, 92(3): 298-306 (published online September 2016).
Link to Forestry Chronicle
The dataset that was used to produce the results presented in this paper is publicly available and can be downloaded from the University of Toronto's TSpace website.
Link to TSpace

New MScF Student
September 2016

The Fire Management Systems Laboratory welcomes Sam Lacarte as a new MScF student. Sam has worked with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for four years, and was deployed to the 2016 Horse River Wildfire near Fort McMurray.

CBC Interview

May 2016

Professor Dave Martell was interviewed by CBC's Peter Mansbridge about the current fire situation in northern Alberta.
Link to CBC interview

Forestry Delegation from Turkey
May 2016

A delegation of Turkish forestry professionals visited the Faculty of Forestry to attend presentations on current wildfire research in Canada.