2021 Planned prescribed fires
Decades of fire suppression is having a long term impact, including the loss of different types of plant and animal species, and the alteration and loss of open grasslands that were historically shaped by frequent fires. Annual monitoring of wildfire and prescribed fire activity in the park determines when and where a prescribed fire could improve or maintain the health of the park.
Weather and environment conditions are monitored in spring to determine if there is a window that meets the prescribed fire prescription criteria.
These plans may be interrupted due to COVID-19 or if prescribed conditions cannot be met. See important bulletins for area closures and updates.
Waskesiu Community Fuel Break
Size: 40 ha
Location: South of the Waskesiu townsite
Additional details: The Waskesiu Community Fuel Break (CFB) prescribed fire is a preventative measure to reduce the risk from potential wildfires to the Waskesiu townsite. Since 2006, a prescribed fire has occurred each spring along the southern boundary of the CFB, with a few exceptions where prescription was not met. This prescribed fire is one part of a maintenance strategy that keeps the CFB effective in protecting Waskesiu from wildfire.
Size: Up to 80 ha
Location: Meadows near Bear Lake.
Additional details: Paskwâw-Mostos prescribed fire plays a key role in multi-year restoration projects to rejuvenate forested areas, expand and restore grasslands and increase bison habitat. Prescribed fire is used to return the natural process of fire to the landscape thereby reducing encroaching aspen forests and rejuvenating meadows and native grasslands like fescue. The increase in biodiversity creates habitat for insects, native plants and animals including the Sturgeon River plains bison herd, which feed in these natural meadows.
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