Audio Podcast 1
Operation chief monitors a wildfire the team is letting burn in non-threatening area © Parks Canada / I. Morrison
Adding Fuel to Fire - 5MB
Fire, often viewed as the enemy, is an important ally in healthy forests. Explore the evolution of Parks Canada Fire Management over the past century to its current role as fire mediator both protecting natural and cultural resources, and using fire to restore ecosystem health.
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Audio Podcast 2
Firefighter on Syncline Ridge fire, 2003
Fighting Fire with Fire at Syncline Ridge - 5MB
Immerse yourself in the world of fire through the story of 40 exhausting days fighting the Syncline Fire in Jasper National Park. 2003, often remembered as the “year of fire” across Western Canada, put decades of fire fighting, lighting and researching to the test.
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Audio Podcast 3
Two months after Carrot Creek prescribed fire, Banff National Park, 2008
© Parks Canada / I. Pengelly
Born from Fire - 5 MB
Fire is old; it has been an essential part of the ecology in Canadian mountain national parks for thousands of years. Imagine standing at the Jackladder prescribed burn site, hear the perspectives of local aboriginal elders and explore how fire, planned and natural, plays a leading role in shaping the look and the life in our valley bottoms.
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Audio Podcast 4
FireSmart-FireWise crew burn debris piles in Jasper National Park
Less Fuel for the Fire - 5MB
What can you do when wildfire risk is high in your community? Fire suppression has allowed many forests to become unnaturally dense and encroach into grassland ecosystems. This presents a potentially dangerous wildfire situation to our communities. Check out the innovative, low-impact forest thinning project near the town of Jasper. By mimicking fire’s benefits, it has reduced the risk of wildfire while safely helping to restore ecosystems to a more natural state.
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Audio Podcast 5
Mt. Cumnock Wildfire, Jasper National Park, 2009 © Parks Canada / D. MacDonald
Where There’s Fire, There’s Smoke - 5MB
While fire serves an essential role in our forests and grasslands, the smoke that accompanies it can have a big affect on people. Explore the perspectives of business owners, firefighters, a public health nurse and locals in a community where fire is inevitable.
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Audio Podcast 6
Stewart Canyon, Banff National Park, 2003
© Parks Canada / A. Taylor
The Fairholme Burn - 5MB
Forty-three days. No rain. Extreme fire danger. Smoldering remnants of the Fairholme prescribed fire flared up to become a wildfire. Join a fire management team member as she remembers the Fairholme story, and this legendary summer of fire.
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