News Release: Prescribed fire South of Canmore set to begin

Burning operations at the 950-hectare Buller Creek prescribed fire are expected to get underway in the coming days, pending favourable weather conditions. The project is located approximately 20 kilometres south of Canmore along the Spray Lakes Reservoir in Spray Valley Provincial Park and Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park.

The 2011 fire season has dramatically illustrated how dangerous and destructive wildfires can be. Prescribed fires are an important tool to help protect communities and promote forest health. The Buller Creek prescribed fire will:

• create a fire break that will protect nearby communities from the threat of wildfire;

• restore the diversity of vegetation in the area; and

• improve and expand wildlife habitat.

Portions of Spray Valley Provincial Park and Bow Valley Wildland Park will be closed to ensure public safety during burning operations. Backcountry users may be impacted by temporary trail and facility closures and are advised to confirm trail status prior to use. Delays may also be expected on Highway 742 (also known as the Smith-Dorrien Trail/Spray Lakes Road).

Smoke will be visible during burning operations and may settle into nearby valleys overnight and during early morning periods. To minimize smoke impacts, burning operations will only occur under conditions that allow for the best possible atmospheric venting.

Airspace around the prescribed fire is restricted to authorized aircraft only for the duration of burning operations.

Regular updates on the status of the prescribed fire will be available online at or by calling 1-866-916-INFO.



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