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2014 Prescribed Fires

Fire managers have prescribed fires planned for this spring and fall, which will be carried out when 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 | Jasper

Location  Banff Kootenay Yoho Jasper Mt. Revelstoke Glacier When
Sawback
X
         
Fall
Dormer Valley
X
         
Fall
Baker Creek
X
         
Fall
Harry's Hill
X
         
Fall
Redstreak Mountain  
X
       
Fall
Vine Creek        X     Spring/Fall
Snaring Meadow Complex        X    
Spring
Pyramid Bench Fireguard        X    
Fall
Backcountry Meadows        X    
Fall

Banff National Park 

Sawback

Date: Fall 2014
Size: 2400 hectares
Location: In the Sawback Range of Banff National Park along the Bow Valley Parkway 10km west of the Banff townsite.
Additional details: The Sawback Prescribed Fire is being implemented to reintroduce fire into the montane ecosystem, and improve wildlife habitat and vegetation species diversity within the Sawback Range.
Contact: Dani McIntosh

Dormer Valley

Date: Fall 2014
Size: 7100 hectares
Location: Within the east slopes area of Banff National Park, directly adjacent to the east park boundary approximately 45 km north of the town of Banff.
Additional Details: The Dormer Valley Prescribed 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 deer.
Contact: Dani McIntosh

Baker Creek 

Date: Fall 2014
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 enhance natural barriers to fire spread.
Contact: Lindsay McPherson

Harry's Hill

Date: Fall 2014
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.
Contact: Lindsay McPherson

Kootenay National Park

Redstreak Mountain

Date: Fall 2014
Size: 235 hectares
Location: 3 km southeast of Radium Hot Springs. 
Additional Details: This prescribed fire is a continuation of a long-term plan to restore and maintain fire-adapted ecosystems impacted by years of fire suppression. Objectives include: helping to protect people and property from wildfires by reducing forest fuel loads in the vicinity of Radium Hot Springs, and restoring grasslands and associated habitat traditionally used by Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep and other wildlife.
Contact: Lindsay McPherson

Yoho National Park

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

Jasper National Park

Vine Creek

Date: Late Spring/Early Fall
Size: 500 hectares
Location: 20 km north of Jasper, along Vine Creek trail and along the ridge of Mountain Greenock.
Additional Details: The completion of this prescribed fire will create a strategic firebreak for wildfires burning eastward and reduce available habitat for Mountain Pine Beetle. As well as encourage Whitebark pine colonization and restore Douglas-fir savannah areas.
Contact: Kim Weir

Snaring Meadow Complex

Date: Spring
Size: 30 hectares
Location: Located 20.5 km north of Jasper on both the east and west sides of the Snaring road, near the Ewan Moberly Homestead site.
Additional Details: Local Métis families played a key role in the fire history of this area. These burns will emulate the cultural burning that took place here in the early 1900s. By reintroducing fire to these grasslands it will help restore grassland vegetation in the valley bottom and help rejuvenate this favourable wildlife habitat. As well reduce landscape fuel continuity, which in turn, will reduce the likelihood of catastrophic fire spread in the Athabasca river valley.
Contact: Kim Weir

Pyramid Bench Fireguard

Date: Fall
Location: Small- scale prescribed fires along the community fireguard.
Additional Details: Years of fire suppression have left forests over-mature, less healthy and very dense, leaving our community at higher risk of catastrophic wildfire. The community fireguard provides protection against wildfire as well as restores Douglas fir forests and grasslands in the valley bottom.
Contact: Kim Weir

Backcountry Meadows

Date: Fall
Location: Small -scale prescribed fires in the lower sub-alpine regions of the backcountry.
Additional Details: After decades of fire suppression, forests have encroached upon many of Jasper’s meadows. This means a less diverse, less healthy landscape and fewer habitats for certain types of wildlife. By restoring these meadows it will more closely resemble a historic and healthy landscape. As well as provide important wildlife habitat, and provide public safety access to remote areas.
Contact: Kim Weir