Visible smoke and summit closure due to prescribed burn in Mount Revelstoke National Park

The summit area and backcountry trails in Mount Revelstoke National Park will be closed until further notice while Parks Canada fire specialists ignite the Lindmark Prescribed burn.

The Lindmark prescribed fire, ignited by Parks Canada Fire Management Specialists on Oct. 13 and 14 will burn for the next several days resulting in a closure of Mount Revelstoke's summit and backcountry area. Photo: Parks Canada

Parks Canada fire management specialists plan to ignite the Lindmark prescribed fire in Mount Revelstoke National Park on October 13 and 14. Residents and visitors can expect visible smoke from the burn and summit closures in place for the next several days.

The burn site is 20 kilometres up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. Parks Canada says the fire will improve the forest’s health. The fire will reduce forest fuels, limiting the potential of wildfire on the front face of Mount Revelstoke. In addition, the Lindmark prescribed fire will connect with an area burned through the Parkway Bend prescribed fire, completed in 2020.

Smoke from the burn will be visible from the City of Revelstoke and along the Trans-Canada Highway. Parks says they planned the burn to be lit during good venting conditions so that smoke would disperse into the high atmosphere and hope to take advantage of wet weather to come to reduce the smouldering period of the fire — resulting in less smoke.

The prescribed burn area for the Lindmark fire. Parks staff say visitors can expect a closure of the summit area until further notice Photo: Parks Canada.

Fire crews from Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks will be joined by a local BC Wildfire service crew and a crew from Banff National Park to help support on-the-ground prescribed fire operations, says Parks Canada.

“Prescribed fires are conducted under exacting conditions (e.g. weather, moisture, wind direction, supporting resources, etc.) and will only go forward when the safety of the public, our crews, infrastructure, and neighbouring lands can be assured,” says Parks Canada in a fire information brief.

The summit of Mount Revelstoke will be closed as of sundown on October 12* until further notice. Parks Canada says this area includes the Meadows in the Sky Parkway, all trails beyond the Columbia Viewpoint and the Eva and Jade backcountry campsites. If conditions allow, the fire will be lit in the afternoon on October 13.

The fire will be lit using a heli-torch, a container filled with a fuel mixture suspended underneath a helicopter. The pilot can use the torch to strategically ignite trees and vegetation within the prescribed fire area for effective burning, says Parks Canada.

*Update from Parks Canada: On Wednesday, October 12, Parks Canada issued an update stating, “Due to planned fire operations, the Meadows in the Sky Parkway and all trails above Columbia Viewpoint will be closing at 3:00 PM today, October 12, 2022.”

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