Parks Canada is now conducting prescribed fires in Riding Mountain National Park to restore and maintain ecological integrity of certain areas.
The fires are being focused around Lake Katherine and will last until May 10, depending on weather conditions.
The areas being targeted this year are located to the east of the townsite of Wasagaming (70 hectares), around Arrowhead Trail (100 hectares), and along Whirlpool River (100 hectares). Prescribed fires have taken place in this area in 1995, 2005, and 2011.
Parks Canada says Riding Mountain will remain open to visitors during the prescribed fires. Some smoke will be present and visible, but staff will monitor wind conditions and try to ensure smoke will not affect publicly used areas whenever possible. Specific areas will be closed for short periods of time to ensure visitor and staff safety.