Parks Canada’s fire crew has been kept busy recently dealing with spot fires in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks.
“There are two fires burning in Glacier National Park with no immediate threat to people or facilities,” Simon Hunt, Simon Hunt, Parks Canada’s fire management officer, said Friday.
The Ross Peak Fire is about 10 kilometres west of Rogers Pass and is on a slope so steep that attacking it on foot was considered too risky. It is being held at its current size by helicopter bucketing.
The Bald Hills Fire in the Beaver Valley near the eastern boundary of the park continues to burn and is being managed by Parks Canada’s initial attack fire crews using directed burning to remove adjacent fuels to prevent the fire spread ing outside the park. Both fires are visible from the Trans-Canada Highway, he said.
Hunt said Parks Canada regards fire as a component of the natural cycle that “are an important part of the health of our forests.” Wildfires can be dangerous but forests benefit from them. In fact, some plants and trees, such as the White Bark Pines found in the Bald Hills actually require fire in order to germinate.
“The Bald Hills fire allows Parks to meet both its ecological and risk management objectives at the same time,” he said.” The fire enhances forest health by regenerating endangered white bark pine and the burnt areas will provide a future natural fire break within the Beaver Valley.”
This fire, like the other three fires that have captured the attention of Park’;s firefighters, was generated by a lightning strike. Two spot fires in Mount Revelstoke National were swiftly extinguished.
If you see a wildfire in one of the national parks please report it by calling 1-877-852-3100.