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2016 Prescribed Fires

Fire managers have prescribed fires planned for this spring and fall, which will be carried out when weather and forest conditions reach prescription. These burns are part of an on-going program to restore healthy forests and grasslands, and reduce the risk of wildfire to our community.


Banff | Kootenay | Yoho | Glacier | Jasper

Location Banff Kootenay Yoho Jasper Mt. Revelstoke Glacier When
Dormer Valley
X
         
Spring/Fall
Moose Meadows
X
         
Spring/Fall
Harry's Hill
X
         
Fall
Baker Creek
X
          Fall
Alexandra X          
Fall
Sinclair Canyon  
X
       
Spring
Redstreak Mountain   X         Fall
Vermilion Guard   X         Fall
Lower Mountain Creek           X
Fall
20-Mile           X
Fall
Jackladder 3       X    
Spring
Bench Lakes Complex       X    
Fall
Henry House 3       X    
Spring/Fall
Pyramid Bench Community Fireguard       X    
Spring/Fall
Fiddle Complex       X    
Fall
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site             Spring

Banff National Park

Dormer Valley

Date: Spring/Fall
Size: 6,800ha
Location: Within the east slopes area of Banff National Park, directly adjacent to the east park boundary approximately 45 km north of the Banff townsite.
Additional Details: The goal is to safely use fire to restore habitat. Parks Canada will use prescribed fire in the Dormer Valley to meet ecological and operational objectives. This fire will contribute to the restoration of open forest and grassland meadows by reducing the encroachment of conifer species caused by decades of fire suppression. These meadows provide critical year-round habitat for mountain sheep, goats, grizzly bears, wolves, elk and potentially bison.

Moose Meadows

Date: Spring/Fall
Size: 100ha
Location: In the middle Bow Valley in Banff National Park along the Bow Valley Parkway, 26 km west of the Banff townsite.
Additional Details: The goal is to safely use fire to restore habitat and create a fuel break for the Banff townsite. The Moose Meadows prescribed fire is a key component of a valley wide fuel break in the middle Bow Valley. It will help mitigate the spread of wildfires, and will assist in the maintenance and restoration of native grassland habitats important to wildlife.

Harry's Hill

Date: Fall
Size: 25 hectares
Location: Adjacent to Harry's Hill subdivision near the hamlet of Lake Louise.
Additional Details: The Harry's Hill prescribed fire will help maintain the safety of residents by strengthening pre-existing firebreaks and increasing the security of the Bow Valley Corridor against significant wildfire events. In addition, the Harry's Hill prescribed burn will enhance wildlife habitat and help to restore native meadow vegetation.

Baker Creek

Date: Fall
Size: 800 hectares
Location: 10 km east of Lake Louise on the north side of the Trans-Canada Highway.
Additional Details: The objectives of this prescribed fire are to increase grizzly bear habitat quality, reduce mountain pine beetle susceptible trees, contribute to historic fire cycle objectives by restoring an area of young fire generated forest and enhancing natural barriers to fire spread.

Alexandra

Date: Fall
Size: 1,571 hectares
Location: West of the Icefields Parkway in the north of Banff National Park, near the Jasper border
Additional Details: The goals of this prescribed fire include re-establishing early seral forest, contributing to area burned goals, enhancing grizzly bear habitat and restoring whitebark pine habitat.

Kootenay National Park

Sinclair Canyon

Date: Spring
Size: 61 hectares
Location: Adjacent to the Radium Hot Springs pools
Additional Details: The objectives of this project are the restoration of critical Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep habitat, returning closed forest to what was historically open Douglas-Fir forest/grassland (Montane), the reintroduction of low intensity prescribed fire for ecological benefits, and to establish a firebreak to reduce the risk of wildfire spread in a key location near the Village of Radium Hot Springs.

Redstreak Mountain

Date: Fall
Size: 235ha
Location: Adjacent to Redstreak Campground in south Kootenay National Parks Canada Agency
Additional Details: The purpose of the Redstreak Mountain burn is to protect people and property from wildfires by reducing forest fuel loads in the vicinity of Radium Hot Springs, and to restore grasslands and associated habitat traditionally used by Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and other wildlife.

Vermilion Guard

Date: Fall
Size: 75ha
Location: The northeast corner of Kootenay National Park, 2.4 km west of the continental divide and the border between Banff and Kootenay National Parks.
Additional Details: The purpose of the Vermilion Guard burn is to enhance barriers to fire spread and enhance habitat for whitebark pine and grizzly bears by re-establishing an early seral forest.

Yoho National Park

There are currently no prescribed fires planned in Yoho National Park.

Glacier National Park

Lower Mountain Creek

Date: Fall
Size: 850 ha
Location: Northern Glacier National Park within the Mountain Creek drainage
Additional Details: The goals of this prescribed fire are to protect species at risk, aid in the regeneration of Whitebark Pine, and reintroduce fire in a controlled fashion to an area where fire exclusion has occurred.

20-Mile

Date: Fall
Size: 3200 ha
Location: Southern Glacier National Park within the Beaver Valley
Additional Details: The goals of this prescribed fire are to aid in Whitebark Pine regeneration, protect neighbouring lands, protect species at risk and reintroduce fire in a controlled fashion to an area where fire exclusion has occurred.

Jasper National Park

Jackladder 3

Date: Spring - COMPLETE
Size: 112 ha
Location: Along Highway 16, 15 km north of the Town of Jasper, will help restore grassland.
Additional Details: Grassland restoration.

Bench Lakes Complex

Date: Fall
Size: 420 ha, six small prescribed fire units
Location: Bench lands west of the Town of Jasper
Additional Details: Will help provide community protection.

Henry House 3 - Fireguard Construction

Date: Spring/Fall
Size: 330 ha
Location: Along Highway 16, 13 km north of the Town of Jasper
Additional Details: Will help restore grassland.

Pyramid Bench Community Fireguard

Date: Spring/Fall
Size: 5-15 ha
Location: Small units along the Community Fireguard
Additional Details: Community protection and ecological restoration.

Fiddle Complex

Date: Fall
Size: 300 ha in four sub-units
Location: Along the park's east boundary
Additional Details: Will provide a landscape fireguard, remove mountain pine beetle habitat and provide ecological restoration.

Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Date: Spring
Size: 100ha
Location: Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, 7km west of Rocky Mountain House
Additional Details:
Parks Canada will implement the Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site prescribed fire to reduce the wildfire risk to the national historic site. Other added benefits of this fire include improving the quality of forage for bison, and the removal of non-native vegetation.