September 10, 2020
On September 11, 2020, Parks Canada’s fire management specialists plan to ignite the Parkway Bend prescribed fire in Mount Revelstoke National Park. Smoke may be visible on Mount Revelstoke over the next several days and closures will be in place for the summit area of the mountain.
Parkway Bend Prescribed Fire
The Parkway Bend prescribed fire site is located 17 km up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. The primary goal of the prescribed fire in Mount Revelstoke National Park is to create a landscape-level fuel break limiting the potential spread of wildfire on the front face of Mount Revelstoke. Restoring fire to the landscape will also help improve forest health.
Prescribed fires are conducted under exacting conditions (e.g. weather, moisture, wind direction, supporting resources, etc.) and will only go forward when the safety of the public, our crews, infrastructure, and neighbouring lands can be assured.
Prescribed fires reduce forest fuels to lessen the severity of wildfires, release nutrients, and allow for a mosaic of ecosystems that support diverse plants and wildlife. Through safe and effective fire management, we are reducing the danger of wildfire to the public, infrastructure, and neighbouring lands while improving the ecological health of our forests.
What to expect
Visitor safety is of the utmost importance for Parks Canada. The Summit of Mount Revelstoke will be closed as of sundown Thursday September 10th until at least Sunday morning, September 13th. This includes the Meadows in the Sky Parkway and all trails beyond the Columbia Viewpoint as well as the Eva and Jade backcountry campsites.
If conditions allow, the prescribed fire will be ignited in the afternoon on Friday, September 11th. The fire will be lit using a heli-torch, suspended underneath a helicopter. A heli-torch is a container filled with a fuel mixture. The pilot ignites the mixture onto vegetation for rapid and effective burning on the ground and in treetops.
Smoke from the prescribed fire will be visible from in and around the City of Revelstoke and along the Trans-Canada Highway corridor. Smoke resulting from prescribed fires and wildfires raises concerns for park visitors and residents and it affects everyone differently. Parks Canada takes people’s health concerns very seriously and our fire specialists work hard to reduce the impact of smoke in all our fire management activities. By lighting during good venting conditions, smoke disperses high into the atmosphere. Taking advantage of approaching wetter weather can shorten the smouldering period of the fire - which means less smoke.
Please note: weather forecasted for early next week is expected to carry significant smoke into this area from large wildfires in the western United States. For information visit: https://weather.gc.ca/firework/
For more information:
Shelley Bird, Fire Information Officer