2011-09-12

Sections of Yoho closed for prescribed burn

Parts of Yoho National Park will be closed to hikers and back-country users as a prescribed burn is scheduled to take place on Monday, weather permitting.

The burn area, approximately 2,100 hectares in size, is about six kilometres west of Field, B.C. on the Mount Duchesnay slopes between the Boulder and Ottertail creeks.

The prescribed fire aims to protect the town of Field from the threat of wildfire by reducing forest fuels and creating a firebreak in the Kicking Horse Valley, to cut down the pine beetle habitat and to improve wildlife habitat.