A prescribed burn is planned for Mount Revelstoke National Park this fall.
It’s the first prescribed burn for the park, which was founded in 1914.
The planned prescribed burn, known as Parkway Bend Burn, is located about 3/4 of the way up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway.
Initial clearing of the site was completed in October 2016 in preparation for the burn.
Parks Canada officials say the objective of the burn is to “reintroduce fire to the landscape in a controlled fashion” and to “create a landscape-level fuel break limiting wildfire spread on the front face of Mount Revelstoke.”
The burn is tentatively planned for September and will only happen if conditions permit.
In 2017, more than 5,000 hectares burned in Glacier and Mount Revelstoke National Parks. Twenty-nine fires were started – seven were human-caused, while 22 were lightning strike starts.
The parks had three significant wildfires last season: Prairie Hills, which saw 3,464 hectares burn; Mountain Creek, which saw 2,013 hectares burn; and Incomappleux, which saw 784 hectares burn.