Sinclair Restoration Slash Pile Burn

Starting as early as Monday, March 12, Parks Canada will begin burning the few remaining slash piles from the Sinclair Canyon Restoration project in Kootenay National Park.

The restoration area is on the lower slopes of Mount Berland adjacent the Village of Radium Hot Springs.

Fire managers expect to complete pile burning in 1-3 days.

What will visitors and residents see?

  • Intermittent smoke may be visible around the Radium Hot Springs pools and in the village.
  • Piles will be lit as good venting conditions permit, to minimize smoke in the area.

Additional information:

  • The Sinclair Canyon Restoration project near the Radium Hot Springs pools has been underway since July 2013.
  • The goal is to restore critical Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep transitional habitat on the lower slopes of Mt. Berland, returning 45 hectares of closed forest to open Douglas-fir forest and grassland.
  • This project will also lower the risk of wildfire to the Village of Radium Hot Springs and Parks Canada facilities in the south end of Kootenay National Park.
  • Parks Canada has a smoke notification list for anyone who is sensitive to smoke and would like to be notified in advance of burning. See contact information below.

For more information please contact:

Lori Horrocks

Public Outreach and Education Officer, Lake Louise, Yoho & Kootenay Field Unit
Parks Canada / Government of Canada
P.O. Box 220, Radium Hot Springs BC, V0A 1M0
lori [dot] horrocks [at] pc [dot] gc [dot] ca / Tel: 250-347-2205 / Cel: 250-409-4432