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Pukaskwa National Park of Canada

Restoring Fire at Pukaskwa National Park

Aerial view of the western boundary of the Tip Top prescribed fire site Aerial view of the western boundary of the Tip Top prescribed fire site
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Aerial Ignition Device Operator, Derek Bedford, viewing the fire from the helicopter. In the metal container are the ignition balls used to start the fire
Aerial Ignition Device Operator, Derek Bedford, viewing the fire from the helicopter. In the metal container are the ignition balls used to start the fire

© Parks Canada

Flames engulfing spruce trees in the mixedwood forest at the Tip Top prescribed fire site Flames engulfing spruce trees in the mixedwood forest at the Tip Top prescribed fire site
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Prescribed Fire Ignited at Pukaskwa National Park

HERON BAY, ONTARIO, September 12, 2011 – Parks Canada fire management staff at Pukaskwa National Park ignited the Tip Top prescribed fire from the air over a period of three days – September 10, 11 and 12. Fire control is being maintained and there have been no escapes beyond the fire line. Park staff continue to monitor the Tip Top prescribed fire.

The fire is gradually spreading as planned through the understory of the forest in the contained area, and will continue to burn until a significant rainfall occurs. The Tip Top prescribed area covers 1,200 hectares in a spruce-birch forest, approximately 85 kilometres west of Wawa, 65 kilometres southeast of Marathon. To date, fire has been applied to approximately 500 hectares within this area.

The overall objective of this project is to improve the health and structure of Pukaskwa National Park’s boreal forest ecosystem using fire, a natural process essential for maintaining biodiversity in the park.

Planning for prescribed fires takes into consideration all the precautions necessary to contain the fire in the prescribed fire zone. Containing the Tip Top fire within the boundary is being done by a combination of methods including natural barriers and favourable weather conditions. Fire control is being maintained using trained and experienced fire management staff.

For safety reasons the general public is not allowed near the fire area.


Prescribed fire planned near Tip Top Mountain

HERON BAY, ONTARIO, September 9, 2011 – Parks Canada plans to conduct a 1200-hectare prescribed fire near Tip Top Mountain in Pukaskwa National Park between September 10 and 30, weather permitting.

The Tip Top prescribed fire covers 1,200 hectares in a spruce-birch forest, approximately 85 kilometres west of Wawa, 65 kilometres southeast of Marathon.

The overall objective of this project is to improve the health and structure of Pukaskwa National Park’s boreal forest ecosystem using fire, a natural process essential for maintaining biodiversity in the park.

The fire will be set by helicopters equipped with an aerial ignition device, but ground crews using hand-held drip torches may also be called upon. Planning for the fire takes into consideration all the precautions necessary to contain the fire in the prescribed fire boundary. Fire control will be maintained using trained and experienced fire management staff.

For safety reasons the general public will not be allowed near the burn area.

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF THE PRESCRIBED FIRE:

  • Tip Top Mountain
  • 85 kilometres west of Wawa
  • 65 kilometres southeast of Marathon
  • 70 kilometres from White River
  • 8 kilometres from Lake Superior

PRESCRIBED FIRE at Pukaskwa National Park
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