Sinclair Creek prescribed fire in Kootenay National Park

Prescribed burn today, Thursday April 25th

On Thursday April 25th, Parks Canada will ignite the 27 ha Sinclair Creek prescribed fire in southern Kootenay National Park.

Parks Canada is a world leader in fire management with more than 30 years of experience in using fire to naturally restore and maintain the ecological integrity of national parks and historic sites. 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 and grasslands.

The Sinclair prescribed fire will restore open forest and grassland habitat to Sinclair Canyon, restoring and maintaining an important wildlife corridor for species such as bighorn sheep, wolf, cougar, elk and grizzly bears. The Sinclair restoration area will provide additional wildfire protection for the community of Radium Hot Springs.

Parks Canada takes wildfire preparedness, including risk reduction activities, very seriously and the safety of our crews and the public is always our top priority. Prescribed fires reduce fuel to lessen the severity of wildfires, release nutrients, and allow for a mosaic of ecosystems that support diverse plants and wildlife. When planning to undertake any fire management operation, safety is always our number one priority. Prescribed fires are only 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, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands can be assured.

Kootenay National Park will remain open to visitors during the prescribed fire. Some smoke will be present and visible, but staff will monitor wind conditions and try to ensure smoke will not affect publicly used areas whenever possible. Specific areas will be closed for short periods of time to ensure visitor and staff safety.

For more information on this prescribed fire please contact Lesley Matheson at 403-431-2325 or by e-mail at pc.kootenaymedia.pc@canada.ca.

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