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Pile Burning in Waterton this Fall and Winter
This fall and winter as conditions permit, Parks Canada will burn or chip piled vegetation to manage and reduce fuel in the community fuel break. Contractors will also burn piles of felled hazard trees regularly between late-October to December along the Akamina Parkway and Red Rock Parkway as part of road and campground rehabilitation work. Burn permits will be issued for this activity through the environmental assessment process.
Pile burning is planned for periods of low fire danger and good venting conditions. Minimal amounts of smoke may be visible in the immediate burning areas. It is not necessary to report smoke from pile burning. All effort will be made to minimize impact from smoke.
Reducing the accumulation of forest vegetation in the community fuel break lowers the risk of wildland fire affecting park infrastructure and the Waterton townsite. The fuel break was critical to protecting the town during the Kenow Wildfire. This is regular work required to maintain our community fuel break. The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is always the top priority.
If you have a serious smoke-related health issue, we will notify you when we plan to light significant prescribed fires. Please contact John Stoesser, Communications Officer at 403-859-5127 to be added to our Smoke Alert contact list.
For more information on the FireSmart Canada program and what you can do to make your property FireSmart, please visit www.firesmartcanada.ca and Parks Canada - Be FireSmart.Fire Information - Pile Burning in Waterton this Fall and Winte