Media briefing for today’s prescribed burn in Toronto’s High Park
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation will undertake a prescribed or “controlled” burn in High Park today, April 14. A prescribed burn is a deliberately set and carefully controlled fire that burns low to the ground and consumes dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems, but does not harm larger trees.
Current weather forecasts predict optimal conditions, with little or no precipitation anticipated, for a prescribed burn to occur on this date
A media briefing to outline plans for the burn will be held in the park this morning before the burn. Fire crews will then disperse to specified areas of the park for simultaneous burning.
Date: Thursday, April 14 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location:Grenadier Café parking lot, High Park (enter park at Bloor Street and follow West Road to Grenadier Café, or enter off Parkside Drive, turn left at first stop sign and follow road to Grenadier Café).
It is expected that burning will begin after the briefing and last until early afternoon. Notices will be placed at the park entrances advising users of restricted park access during the burn.
Did you know that High Park has a rare forest of black oak woodlands and savannahs?
This rare forest needs your tender loving care (TLC) and tender loving protection (TLP)!
The latter comes as a prescribed (or “controlled”) burn in order to kill off competing vegetation, enrich the soil and promote growth and germination of the rare savannah species.
In early to mid April, the City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation will safely undertake a prescribed burn in High Park when there are ideal weather conditions.
The ideal weather conditions will ensure that the smoke of the prescribed burn will lift and move away from the surrounding neighbourhoods.
If you have asthma or high sensitivity to poison ivy, the City advises you to limit your exposure to smoke by keeping windows closed or leaving the area on the afternoon of the burn.
Larger trees will not be harmed because the fire that is carefully controlled by the “Fire Boss” will only burn low to the ground and consume dried leaves, small twigs and grass stems.
The purpose of prescribed burns is to protect and sustain Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs in High Park, Lambton Park and South Humber Park as part of the long-term management plan of rare forests in Toronto.