Parks Canada Agency Pyramid Bench Fire Guard Prescribed Burn

This project will be assessed with a Basic Impact Assessment. Jasper National Park Fire operations is proposing to re-burn the existing Pyramid Bench fire guard, located approximately 600m North-West of the Jasper Townsite. The 36-hectare fire guard was originally constructed in the mid-1980's, and has seen regular re-treatment in 1987, 1995, 2001 and 2003. The guard is divided into four subunits, totalling 3 kilometres in length by approximately 100 metres in width. Maintenance of this fire guard will be accomplished through removal of regenerating conifers and shrubby growth, accumulated grasses, and ladder fuels, using pile burning and low- to moderate intensity surface fire. Areas outside of the guard will be protected with black lines (areas burned prior to the main unit ignition) or wet lines (areas saturated with water), and fire managers will ensure sub-units meet and remain within prescription ranges prior to ignition and during operations, with ignition in one sub-unit at a time to accommodate single operational periods. The project will provide increased wildfire protection for the Jasper Townsite and other facilities through elimination of crown fire potential. It will also provide an operational wildfire suppression access line and fuel break for potential future wildfire and/or prescribed burns. Secondary objectives include public education and engagement regarding the role of fire in maintaining ecological process, landscape level improvements to ecological integrity, and Douglas-Fir savannah ecosystem restoration and maintenance on West, South and East aspects.


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Latest update

February 4, 2023 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New project being assessed by Parks Canada - Public comments invited from January 5 to February 4, 2023 - January 5, 2023


Jasper National Park
Box 10
Jasper, Alberta T0E 1E0
Telephone: 780-852-6141

  • Location

    • Jasper National Park of Canada (Alberta)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Remediation and conservation
  • Assessment Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby assessments

..within 200 kilometres
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