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March 27, 2006
Prescribed burn in High Park, scheduled for March 27
  
Toronto Urban Forestry Services will undertake a prescribed or “controlled” burn in High Park on Monday, March 27. A briefing will be held in the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot at noon to outline the burn plan for High Park. The burns will occur between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Park use will be restricted during the burns. Notices will be placed at the entrances to High Park advising users of the restrictions. People walking in the park will be restricted from entering areas that are being burned. People sensitive to smoke are encouraged to close their windows and avoid these parks during the burns.

Prescribed burns have been safely executed in the past by Toronto Urban Forestry Services and are part of the long-term management plan to protect and sustain Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs in the city’s High Park, Lambton Park and South Humber Park. These rare vegetation communities are at risk of extinction in Toronto and throughout North America.

Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burns will lift and will not affect surrounding neighbourhoods. It is possible, however, that some smoke will reach residential areas near the parks. Individuals with asthma or high sensitivity to poison ivy may wish to limit their exposure to smoke by keeping windows closed or leaving the area on the afternoon of the burn.

A fire boss with extensive provincial fire fighting and prescribed burning experience has written the approved burn plan. “Fire Boss” is an Ontario designation for a certified individual who has full responsibility for planning and carrying out the burn with a qualified crew. City staff from Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation will assist with the burn, and Toronto Fire and Toronto Police Services will assist as required by the fire boss.

During the months to follow, City staff, scientists and volunteers from the community, including members of the High Park Citizen’s Advisory Committee, will monitor and analyse the beneficial effects of the burn and implement additional management.


Media contacts:

Richard Ubbens
City Forester
416-392-1894

Parks, Forestry & Recreation Media Hotline
416-560-8726


 

 

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