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RENR 8104 - Applications of Fire in Ecosystem Restoration

Renewable Resources Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

The course reviews and expands upon the fundamentals of fire science, documents the ecological role of fire in British Columbia’s terrestrial ecosystems and examines fire as a management tool for various applications, such as biodiversity, fuel management, wildlife habitat, and rehabilitation of degraded forest, range and other wildland ecosystems.


RENR 7100 and RENR 7210





Winter 2022

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2022 term.

CRN 83076

Tue Jan 04 - Tue Apr 12 15 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 04 - Apr 12 Tue 08:30 - 12:20 BBY SE04 Rm. 106


Bruce Blackwell

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Departmental approval needed
  2. Departmental Approval is required. Please contact Giti Abouhamzeh at or 778-331-1392 to get permission.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the theoretical elements of fire behaviour, including the interaction of fuels, weather and topography.
  • List and describe various technical instruments used to help predict fire behaviour and to monitor prescribed fire results.
  • List and describe the impacts of fire on terrestrial ecosystems.
  • List and describe some measures that can be used to avoid or mitigate the above-mentioned impacts.
  • Compare and contrast fire with other natural and human kinds of ecosystem disturbances.
  • Describe the potential role of prescribed fire for maintaining critical wildlife habitat for designated wildlife species in a specified geographic area.
  • Write a 2000- word technical paper describing the natural role of fire for a specific geographic area.
  • Identify laws, regulations and government policies relevant to the use of prescribed fire in British Columbia.
  • Know how to research, identify and recognize the multiple values at risk and potential constraints on a specific geographic area that apply to the use of prescribed fire in the area.
  • Write a complete prescribed fire plan for a specified area.
  • Give a presentation on risk assessment and risk management measures for the prescribed fire plan mentioned above.
  • Using assigned case studies, compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of prescribed fire as a fuel management vehicle for parks, wilderness areas, and urban interface areas.

Effective as of Fall 2017

Related Programs

RENR 8104 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Ecological Restoration
    Full-time/Part-time   Bachelor of Science


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