Parks Canada is setting areas of Riding Mountain National Park on fire to prevent wildfires from breaking out.

Prescribed fires reduce fuel to lessen the severity of out of control fires, release nutrients, and help keep the ecosystems in the park thriving.

The program will see fires set east of Wasagaming, around Arrowhead Trail, and along Whirlpool River.

RMNP will stay open to visitors, but some smoke will be present and visible. Staff will monitor the wind and try to ensure the smoke won’t affect publicly used areas. Some areas will be closed for a short amount of time to ensure visitors safety.

The program will run when conditions allow until May 10th.

For up-to-date information about area or facility closures and other updates on the prescribed burn, please check the park’s website at parkscanada.gc.ca/riding and Facebook page at facebook.com/RidingNP.