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April 18, 2001
April 19: prescribed burn in High Park to stimulate new growth
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism -- Toronto Urban Forestry Services
will implement a prescribed burn in High Park on Thursday, April 19 beginning
at 11:30 a.m. High Park is located south of Bloor Street West, west of Parkside
Drive and north of the Queensway. The burn will last for approximately five

A media briefing will take place at 11 a.m. on the patio outside Grenadier
Restaurant in the heart of High Park.

The burn is part of a management plan for restoring and improving High Park's
woodlands and black oak savannah, a remnant of the historical Humber Plains
black oak savannah that once covered more than 500 hectares in the south Humber
area. The deliberately set, carefully controlled low fire consumes dried
leaves, small twigs and grass stems, but does not harm larger trees. Invasive
plants are reduced and the germination and overall growth of oak seedlings is

Under ideal weather conditions, the smoke from the prescribed burn will lift
and will not affect adjacent neighbourhoods. It is possible, however, that some
smoke may reach surrounding residential areas. Individuals with asthma or high
sensitivity to smoke may wish to keep their windows closed or leave the area on
the afternoon of the burn.

The prescribed burn has been planned and will be supervised by a fire boss with
extensive provincial firefighting and prescribed burning experience. The
qualified prescribed burn crew will be assisted by staff from Toronto Parks and
Recreation, Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Police Services.

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