Controlled burns taking place this summer in Kananaskis

Our office received an update from Minister Cindy Ady regarding prescribed fires in Kananaskis Country scheduled to take place this summer (depending on the weather).
The smoke from the controlled burns could possibly affect the air quality in the City. Below is some more information on the activity with a link to the Government of Alberta’s website. 

Prescribed fires restoring ecosystems and reducing potential for large-scale wildfires in Kananaskis Country

July 15, 2011 update:

WHAT’S HAPPENING?

Preparations are underway to recommence the Buller Creek prescribed fire project in Kananaskis Country.

Crews will be in the area through the coming days to establish work sites and lay hoses.

HOW THIS MIGHT AFFECT YOU

  • Crews, trucks and helicopter activity may be seen.
  • Highway 742 will remain open and no traffic delays are expected.
  • The Buller Creek prescribed fire unit is located 20 kilometres south of Canmore along Highway 742, and is approximately 950 hectares (ha) in size. In 2010, approximately 35 ha of guard was established. 2011 operations will complete the guard, and proceed to main unit. Fire managers will only proceed when they can ensure a safe operation that will meet the overall objectives of the prescribed fire, while minimizing smoke-related issues.

WHEN?

The area shown on the map is closed for prescribed fire around Buller Creek in Spray Valley Provincial Park, effective July 19, 2011 until further notice.