HERON BAY – Pukaskwa National Park’s fire crew have detected five fires in the park caused by recent lightning activity. Three fires have been extinguished, and the remaining sites are being monitored by fire management specialists.
The two last fires are all located on high ridgetops, and the potential for spreading is limited. The largest of these ‘spot fires’ are approximately three hectares.
Pukaskwa National Park has an expert team of fire specialists, who continuously monitor the park for fire activity. All fires are assessed to determine the most appropriate response based on human safety, ecosystem management objectives, economic costs, and facility protection.
Given the weather conditions, the Pukaskwa team is currently evaluating the potential for ignition of two prescribed fires: near the Tip Top Mountain and also at Cascade Lake.
Wildfire and prescribed fires are an important part of the cycle of healthy forest succession. Pukaskwa’s fire management plan and information about the fire program are available at www.pc.gc.ca/pukaskwa. Updates will be posted on the “What’s New” section of the home page.
Due to their isolated locations, these fires pose no risk to park visitors, or property.