Tomorrow's prescribed burn in Lambton Park stimulates new growth|
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Toronto Urban Forestry Services will implement a prescribed burn in Lambton
Park tomorrow, Wednesday, April 4 starting at 1 p.m. Lambton Park is located at
the end of Howland Avenue, north of Dundas Street West, east of the Humber
River. The burn will last for approximately two hours.
A media briefing will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the
Lambton Park Arena.
The burn is part of a management plan for restoring and improving Lambton
Park's black oak savannah, a remnant of the historical Humber Plains black oak
savannah that once covered over 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 stimulated.
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 fire fighting 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.