2021 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
Size: To date, Parks Canada has burned 1,660ha of the 6,800ha area.
Location: This prescribed fire unit is located in the Cascade Valley of Banff National Park.
Additional details: Using prescribed fire, native meadow habitat will be restored in Banff National Park. These meadows provide critical, year-round habitat for mountain sheep, goats, grizzly bears, wolves, elk and bison.
Size: To date, Parks Canada has burned 1,085ha of the 2,893ha area .
Location: In the remote backcountry of Banff National Park, within the eastern slopes. This prescribed fire will be directly adjacent to the east park boundary, approximately 45 km north of the Banff townsite.
Additional details:Using prescribed fire, dense forests within the Dormer Valley will be opened up and grassland meadows will be restored. These meadows provide critical, year-round habitat for mountain sheep, goats, grizzly bears, wolves, elk and bison.
Size: To date, Parks Canada has burned 150ha of the 1,571 ha area .
Location: In the Alexandra Valley, at the northern end of Banff National Park.
Additional details: The Alexandra Valley hasn’t seen fire in 275 years. This prescribed fire will return the natural fire cycle and create young, fire-regenerated habitat where species at risk like grizzly bears and whitebark pine can thrive.
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: 420 ha (6 units)
Location: Adjacent to fuel reduction work completed in 2019 on Pyramid Bench, west of the townsite.
Burning next to areas where mature pines were removed will reinforce the fuel reduction project completed in spring 2019 and create a landscape level fire guard.
Size: 282 ha
Location: Opposite the Jasper airstrip, 13 km north of the town of Jasper, in the Athabasca River Valley.
This unit will restore 282 hectares of a rare grassland ecosite in Jasper National Park. Henry House was originally burned in 1988 and re-burned in 2008 to restore open montane grassland.
Size: 300 ha (4 units)
Location: Four sub-units in the Athabasca River Valley, near the East Gate to Jasper National Park and about 30 kilometres west of Hinton.
The objective of this prescribed fire 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: 925 ha
Location: The Southesk Valley, in the southeast corner of Jasper National Park, upstream of a wildfire in the valley in 2006.
The ecological objective of this prescribed fire is to promote natural regeneration of lodgepole pine forest. Lodgepole pine is a fire-dependent species and the southesk valley contains healthy cone-bearing lodgepole pine for re-seeding post-fire, unlike much of the pine forest that has sustained heavy mortality from 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 season for prescribed burning to be more representative of the historic fire regime.
Date: Spring/ Fall
Size: 3600 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.
Size: 382 ha
Location: Nine sub-units, all within close proximity to the Jasper townsite, in an area known as Pyramid Bench, west of the Jasper townsite.
The objective of this prescribed fire is to restore Douglas fir savannah-structure habitat and reduce the risk of wildfire to the community of Jasper through enhancement of natural fire barriers on these south facing open slopes.
Size: 493 ha (22 units)
Location: Many small units across the backcountry of Jasper National Park.
The goal of burning in these backcountry areas is to restore lower subalpine meadows, shrubs and grass dominated features in the subalpine need periodic disturbance to persist in this heavily forested ecoregion.
Size: 5-10 ha
Location: The area along the Community Fireguard (trail 8e) in the Pyramid Bench area, west of the townsite.
The goal of maintaining this community fireguard is to reinforce community protection in a FireSmart maintained feature. This cleared fuel break along the Cabin Lake fire road acts as a significant operational feature to manage a potential wildfire and as a line of defence for firefighters to carry out suppression activities to protect the community.
Kootenay National Park
Size: 235 hectares
Location: West-facing slopes on Redstreak Mountain, at the southern end of Kootenay National Park.
Additional details: This prescribed fire will create a fire break (a gap in fuel that is a barrier to fire spread). The fire break will help protect the Village of Radium Hot Springs from wildfires. Open grassland and Douglas-fir forest ecosystems will also be restored. These ecosystems provide important habitat for mountain sheep.
Size: 75 hectares
Location: Near Vermilion Pass, in the northeastern corner of Kootenay National Park.
Additional details: Two large wildfires have burned through Vermilion Pass in the last 50 years. This prescribed fire will create a long-term fire break that helps protect communities in the Bow Valley from wildfires. It will also improve habitat for species at risk like grizzly bears and whitebark pine.
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 2021
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: 830 hectares
Location: South- and west-facing slopes on Mount Owen, in central Yoho National Park.
Additional details: The natural fire cycle in Yoho National Park has been altered. This prescribed fire will restore young, fire-regenerated habitat where species at risk like grizzly bears and whitebark pine can thrive. It will also create a fire break in the continuous forest, helping prevent the spread of wildfires.