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Fire Crews Perform Wildfire Risk Reduction In Mount Revelstoke, Glacier National Parks

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Parks Canada fire crews are clearing the vegetation surrounding buildings and infrastructure, a report said. They will also be burning brush piles to lower the risk of wildfires in British Columbia‘s Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.

As per Parks Canada, for six years, the spruce beetle epidemic in Glacier National Park has left thousands of trees dead or dying within areas like the Rogers Pass corridor of the park.

By removing dying trees, Parks Canada is reducing the chance of wildfires affecting the public, critical infrastructure, property, and adjacent lands.

The removal of vegetation surrounding structures and infrastructure will take place in areas such as:

  • Illecillewaet Campground
  • Flat Creek, 20-Mile and 30-Mile Cabins
  • Rogers Pass Summit Picnic Area
  • In November, tree removal for hazards will begin around the operations and visitor facilities in Rogers Pass.
  • Through the Meadows in the Sky Parkway over Inspiration Woods and around the Caribou Weather Station.

Parks Canada said that the number of affected trees and the outbreak’s location in Rogers Pass pose a public security risk. The removal of trees at Glacier National Park seeks to reduce the danger.

Residents in Revelstoke are likely to continue to witness brush piles burning on the slopes below Mt. Revelstoke for the next couple of weeks.

Smoke could be seen along the Trans-Canada Highway near the Illecillewaet Campground and the Rogers Pass Summit Picnic Area.

In light of the equipment used in the operation, the temporary closures in the area will start in November.

For more details on the effect of fire and insects on the health of forests, visit www.pc.gc.ca.

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