2019 prescribed fires
Fire specialists have planned prescribed fires for spring and fall. Prescribed fire operations will only be conducted when predetermined weather and site conditions are met. Prescribed fires help to restore healthy forests and grasslands, enhance habitat for wildlife and reduce the risk of wildfire to our communities.
Banff National Park
Upper Red Deer & Flint’s/Stoney Meadows
Size: Red Deer: 180ha; Flint’s/Stoney: 1,700 ha
Location: These prescribed fire units are located in the Red Deer and Cascade Valleys of Banff National Park.
Parks Canada will use prescribed fire to restore native meadow habitat in Banff National Park. These meadows provide critical year-round habitat for mountain sheep, goats, grizzly bears, wolves, elk and potentially bison.
Size: 6,800 ha
Location: Within the east slopes area of Banff National Park, directly adjacent to the east park boundary approximately 45 km north of the Banff townsite.
The goal is to safely use fire to restore habitat. Parks Canada will use prescribed fire in the Dormer Valley to meet ecological and operational objectives. This 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 potentially bison.
Moose Meadows (Unit C)
Size: 34 ha
Location: In the middle Bow Valley in Banff National Park along the Bow Valley Parkway, 26 km west of the Banff townsite.
This 34 ha prescribed fire is the final unit in the Moose Meadows prescribed fire. Previous units were burned in 2016. The objective of the prescribed fire is to restore grassland meadows, improve wildlife habitat and prevent potential wildfire spread in the middle Bow Valley.
Size: 800 ha
Location: 10 km east of Lake Louise on the north side of the Trans-Canada Highway.
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 enhancing natural barriers to fire spread.
Size: 1,571 ha
Location: West of the Icefields Parkway in the north of Banff National Park, near the Jasper border
The goals of this prescribed fire include re-establishing early seral forest, contributing to area burned goals, enhancing grizzly bear habitat and restoring whitebark pine habitat.
Glacier National Park
Date: To be confirmed
Size: 580 ha
Location: Base of Mt. Smart and Mt. Fidelity
The objective is to introduce fire to the landscape where fire suppression has reduced burnt area. This will generate habitat for fire-dependent species such as whitebark pine, various species of bats, and olive-sided flycatchers. It will also reduce wildfire spreading potential within the Flat Creek and Illecillewaet River drainages, protecting the transportation corridor.
Date: To be confirmed
Size: 3,200 ha
Location: Southern Glacier National Park within the Beaver Valley
Additional details: The goal of this prescribed fire is to introduce fire to the landscape in a controlled fashion where fire exclusion has occurred. This will help facilitate whitebark pine regeneration, protect neighbouring lands and encourage habitat for others species at risk.
Jasper National Park
Size: 5-10 ha
Location: Small units along the Community Fireguard (trail 8e) in an area known as Pyramid Bench, west of the townsite.
The goal of maintaining this community fireguard is to reinforce community protection in previously FireSmart treated areas. This cleared fuel break along the Cabin Lake fire road acts as a barrier to slow the spread of a potential wildfire and as a line of defense from which responders can carry out actions to control a fire.
Size: 330 ha
Location: Opposite the Jasper airstrip,13 km north of the town of Jasper, in the Athabasca River Valley.
The goal of building a fireguard is to prepare a boundary for a future prescribed burn at Henry House. The full unit will restore 330 hectares of a rare grassland ecosite in Jasper National Park. Henry House were originally burned in 1988 and re-burned in 2008 to restore open montane grassland.
Size: 100 ha
Location: Four sub-units in the Athabasca River Valley, near the East Gate to Jasper National Park and about 30 kilometers west of Hinton.
The objective of this prescribed burn is to provide a landscape level fireguard across the Athabasca Valley and to restore an important natural disturbance to a region with a historically short fire cycle.
Size: 100 ha
Location: Adjacent to fuel reduction work completed in 2019 on Pyramid Bench, west of the townsite.
Burning next to areas where mature pine were removed will reinforce and strengthen the fuel reduction project completed in spring 2019. It will also help to restore open Douglas fir forests and grasslands.
Size: 1000 ha
Location: The Southesk Valley, in the southeast corner of Jasper National Park, upstream of a wildfire in the valley in 2006.
The goal of burning in this area would be to allow natural regeneration of lodgepole pine forest. The area still has cone-bearing lodgepole pine for re-seeding post fire, unlike much of the pine forest altered by mountain pine beetle in Jasper National Park. This southeast corner of the park is a remote area that does not have significant values at risk, which extends the seasons in which prescribed burning can take place to be more representative of the historic fire regime.
Date: Spring/ Fall
Size: 1000 ha
Location: South of Rocky River and east of Talbot Lake, in the Athabasca River Valley.
The objective of this proposed prescribed burn is to restore grassland and aspen forest habitat through a re-burn of 2003 Syncline fire slopes.
Kootenay National Park
Size: 61 ha
Location: Adjacent to the Radium Hot Springs pools
Additional details: The objectives of this project are the restoration of critical Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep habitat, returning closed forest to what was historically open Douglas-fir forest/grassland (Montane), the reintroduction of low intensity prescribed fire for ecological benefits, and to establish a firebreak to reduce the risk of wildfire spread in a key location near the village of Radium Hot Springs.
Size: 235 ha
Location: Adjacent to Redstreak Campground in south Kootenay national park
Additional details: The purpose of the Redstreak Mountain burn is to protect people and property from wildfires by reducing forest fuel loads in the vicinity of Radium Hot Springs, and to restore grasslands and associated habitat traditionally used by Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and other wildlife.
Size: 75 ha
Location: The northeast corner of Kootenay National Park, 2.4 km west of the continental divide and the border between Banff and Kootenay national parks.
Additional details: The purpose of the Vermilion Guard burn is to enhance barriers to fire spread and enhance habitat for whitebark pine and grizzly bears by re-establishing an early seral forest.
Mount Revelstoke National Park
Date: To be confirmed
Size: 150 ha
Location: Meadows in the Sky Parkway, Mount Revelstoke National Park
The goal of this prescribed fire is to reduce the risk of wildfire spreading on the front face of Mount Revelstoke and protect neighbouring lands by creating a safety zone for staff and visitors in the event of a wildfire in Mount Revelstoke National Park. It will also reintroduce fire in a controlled fashion to an area where fire exclusion has occurred.
Lower Parkway - Fuel Modifications
Size: 19 ha
Location: Lower Parkway & Park Boundaries
This is risk reduction work, including thinning, tree-clearing and brush pile burning. This project is being carried out in partnership with British Columbia Wildfire Service and the City of Revelstoke in support of the City of Revelstoke’s 2015 Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Waterton Lakes National Park
Date: Spring 2020
Size: 1,170 ha
Location: East of Lower Waterton Lake, south of Chief Mountain Highway, and north of Stony flats.
The goal of this prescribed fire is to restore and maintain the historic fire cycle, protect people and facilities from wildfire, and restore the health of ecosystems. This prescribed fire will help restore native prairie by reducing aspen and evergreen tree expansion onto fescue grasslands.
Yoho National Park
Size: 850 ha
Location: 11 km southwest of the Field in the Float Creek drainage of Yoho National Park
The purpose of the Float Creek prescribed fire is to enhance barriers to fire spread and enhance habitat for whitebark pine and grizzly bears by re-establishing an early seral forest