'Y-Camp' prescribed fire
Y-Camp prescribed fire
In April 2015, a 1,200-hectare burn unit was ignited in Waterton Lakes National Park.
The purpose of this prescribed fire was to restore native prairie by reducing aspen and evergreen tree expansion onto grasslands. Historic photographs show that fire suppression has allowed trees to encroach on park grasslands, with as much as 30% of grasslands lost over the last 100 years.
Parks Canada’s prescribed fire program is supporting Canada’s National Conservation Plan, making tangible improvements to the environmental health of these special places. This is done by bringing fire back to the landscape under planned circumstances.
This time-lapse video of the "Y-Camp" prescribed fire spans an 18-hour period and is made up from nearly 10,000 still images set in motion.