Alberta Parks has started a series of prescribed fires in the Kananaskis valley to help manage future wildfires and keep grasslands and forests healthy.
The last wildfire in this region was recorded in 1936 and burned most of the area in one afternoon.
Over the past 80 years, effective wildfire prevention measures have nearly eliminated fire from the landscape.
But, at the same time, the valley has become an important destination for tourism and recreation and is home Kananaskis Village.
The burn is outlined in the Evan-Thomas 10-Year Vegetation Management Strategy, which plans for two prescribed burns each year.
The strategy, developed in consultation with local stakeholders, the public and First Nations, will help to maintain aspen, grass and shrub ecosystems, create natural fuel breaks and restore grizzly, elk, and bighorn sheep habitat.