Parks Canada will be burning brush piles on the lower slopes of Mt. Revelstoke National Park. (Parks Canada)

Parks Canada will be burning brush piles on the lower slopes of Mt. Revelstoke National Park. (Parks Canada)

Parks Canada crews doing wildfire risk reduction work

Brush pile burning could start next week in Mt. Revelstoke National Park

  • May. 11, 2019 12:00 a.m.

Parks Canada fire crews are doing wildfire risk reduction work including brush pile burning in Mt. Revelstoke National Park.

Starting as early as this week most work will take place along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway near the top of the ski jump, and along the southern park boundary. You may notice smoke along the base of the mountain.

Parks Canada takes wildfire preparedness including risk reduction activities seriously.

READ MORE: How ready is Revelstoke for a wildfire?

Over the last few years, Parks Canada and BC Wildfire Service fire crews have been tree clearing and brushing along the base of the mountain. This work contributes to wildfire risk reduction actions taking place in and around the Revelstoke area by reducing forest fuels in this area, completing the community fire guard around the city.

Further up the mountain, the Parkway Bend prescribed fire is planned for September 2019 at the earliest.

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.

Fire specialists will only ignite under pre-determined conditions to ensure a well-managed, successful prescribed fire. While the site was ready in 2018, the conditions or “prescription” were not met last fall.

Parks Canada’s fire specialists take into account weather, type of vegetation, moisture levels, terrain, anticipated fire behavior, availability of resources and more to determine when they are in prescription. The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure, and neighbouring lands is always our number one priority.


 

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