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2015 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 | Jasper

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

Banff National Park 

Moose Meadows

Date: Spring or Fall 2015
Size: 100 hectares
Location: In the middle Bow Valley in Banff National Park along the Bow Valley Parkway, 26 km west of the Banff town site.
Additional details: The Moose Meadows Prescribed Fire is being implemented to enhance the valley wide Moose Meadows fire break. It will mitigate fire hazard in the Bow Valley by reducing the amount of woody debris in the fuel break, will facilitate the use of prescribed fire in the future, and will serve to maintain and restore grassland habitats important to wildlife.

Dormer Valley

Date: Spring or Fall 2015
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 bison.

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 enhance natural barriers to fire spread.

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.

Kootenay National Park

Redstreak Mountain

Date: Spring 2015
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.

Sinclair Creek 

Date: Spring 2015/16
Size: 60 hectares
Location: 3 km west 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.

Yoho National Park

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

Jasper National Park

Vine Creek

Date: Late Spring or Early Fall
Size: 500 hectares left to restore fire to in 725 hectare unit 
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. It will also encourage Whitebark pine colonization and restore Douglas-fir savannah areas.
Contact: Kim Weir

Jackladder Complex

Date: Spring or Fall
Size: 213 hectares
Location: Located 15 km north of the Town of Jasper, between Highway 16 and the Athabasca River.
Additional Details: This prescribed fire is part of an on-going program to help restore historic valley-bottom grassland ecosystems, improve wildlife habitat, and further fire research.
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 Aboriginal families played a key role in the fire history of this area. This prescribed firewill 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 Community Fireguard

Date: Fall
Location: Small- scale prescribed fires along the Town of Jasper'scommunity 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 the park's meadows. Restoring fire to these meadows will increase landscape diversity and health, and provide better quality wildlife habitat. 
Contact: Kim Weir