Pukaskwa National Park of Canada

Fire Report


Fire's Continue at Pukaskwa
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Heron Bay, Ontario, September 25, 2012 – Pukaskwa National Park of Canada continues to monitor 3 lightning fires and the Cascade Lake prescribed fire site.
 
The Cascade Lake prescribed fire operation was completed on September 10 using a helicopter equipped with an aerial ignition device. The total area burned was approximately 215 hectares. The prescribed burn site area is now exhibiting very little activity. It is expected to smoulder in a few isloated areas for the next few weeks. These isolated, smouldering pockets are contained by natural boundaries and will self-extinguish with the onset of colder temperatures.
 
Cascade Lake is a 1000 hectare mixed-wood site that has been managed with four separate operations over the past several years. Pukaskwa’s fire team is now close to meeting its goal of regenerating 65% of the site. This will lead to a healthier and more biodiverse ecosystem.
 
Four lightning-started fires remain within the park boundaries.Three are located on remote ridgetop areas within the coastal zone of the park, and the fourth is located in the interior of the park. The largest fires (1 & 2) are along the coast and are 15 hectares each. The remaining two are less than one hectare each. These fires are also exhibiting minimal spreading activity and will smoulder until self-extinguished by natural elements. The park’s fire team will continue to closely monitor moisture conditions of the forest biomass, to ensure that conditions remain optimal for self-extinguishment.
 
Due to the isolated locations, these fires pose no risk to park visitors or property.

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF THE PRESCRIBED FIRE IS:

  • Cascade Lake
    • 80 kilometres west of Wawa
    • 72 kilometres southeast of Marathon
    • 68 kilometres from White River
    • 10 kilometres from Lake Superior

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Fire crews continue to monitor the three other lightning fires and the Cascade Lake prescribed fire site.
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Heron Bay, Ontario, September 12, 2012 – Another small lightening started fire has been detected in Pukaskwa National Park early Wednesday morning. This fire is
located near the northern boundary of the park and is currently being evaluated. The largest of these lightning started fires is 10 hectares and the smallest is at 0.1 hectares.

All four are located in remote areas of the park and due to the isolated location, currently pose no risk to park visitors or property. Fire crews continue to monitor the three other lightning fires and the Cascade Lake prescribed fire site.

The Cascade Lake prescribed fire operation began on September 10 using a helicopter equipped with an aerial ignition device. The fire is contained within defined natural boundaries, covering an estimated 300 hectares. The prescribed fire site remains active and will continue to smoulder throughout the weekend.

Smoke drift from the fires is forecasted to continue for the next few days. It is likely that smoke will be visible by some people, and in some areas, depending on the wind direction, some people may smell smoke.

Wildfire and prescribed fires are an important part of the cycle of healthy forest succession.

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Pukaskwa's fire crew has detected 5 fires in the park caused by recent lightning activity.
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Heron Bay, Ontario, September 10, 2012 – Pukaskwa's fire crew has detected 5 fires in the park caused by recent lightning activity. Three fires have been exinguished, and the remaining sites are being monitored by our fire management specialist. The two last fires are all located on high ridgetops, and the potential for spreading is limited. The largest of these “spot fires” is approximately 3 hectares.

Pukaskwa National Park has an expert team of fire specialists, who continuously monitor the park for fire activity. All fires are assessed to determine the most appropriate response based on human safety, ecosystem management objectives, economic costs, and facility protection.

Given the weather conditions, the Pukaskwa team is currently evaluating the potential for ignition of two prescribed fires: near the Tip Top Mountain and also at Cascade Lake.

Wildfire and prescribed fires are an important part of the cycle of healthy forest succession.

Due to their isolated locations, these fires pose no risk to park visitors, or property.

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