PEI

Fire breaks cleared at P.E.I. National Park

Parks Canada is thinning the forest at Stanhope campground to make it easier for firefighters if there was a fire.
Arja Page tends a fire of brush cleared from the forest around Stanhope. (Maggie Brown/CBC)

Parks Canada is thinning the forest at Stanhope campground to make it easier for firefighters if there is a fire.

Trees that are farther apart create what are called fire breaks. The fire breaks also make it harder for blazes to spread, protecting neighbouring lands, and they create a safer environment for firefighters to tackle a potential fire.

The risk of a forest fire at Stanhope is fairly low, said Arja Page of Parks Canada, but it's best to be prepared.

"We have fire crews that are set up, so we've got park staff that are really highly trained as firefighters in wildland fires," said Page.

"We've got equipment stashed all around the park, and we have a close relationship with the local fire departments as well."

This is the fifth and final year of Parks Canada's thinning trees project.

This spring staff will start planting more fire tolerant species of trees: like white pine, yellow birch and sugar and red maple.