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April 10, 2005
Prescribed burn in High Park, South Humber Park and Lambton Park scheduled for April 11, 2005
Toronto Urban Forestry Services will undertake a prescribed or “controlled”
burn in South Humber Park, High Park and Lambton Park on Monday, April 11. A
briefing will be held in the Grenadier Restaurant parking lot at 12 noon to
outline the burn plan for High Park. The burns will occur between 10:30 and
4:00 pm.

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 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 the Parks,
Forestry & Recreation Division will assist with the burn, and Toronto Fire and
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

Economic Development
Culture & Tourism Media Hotline



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