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Crowsnest Fires


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Crowsnest Fires

  1. 1. Crowsnest Fires
  2. 2. August 21, 2003 <ul><li>Wildfire in the Crowsnest Pass </li></ul><ul><li>6-km wall of flame reached 50 m into the sky </li></ul><ul><li>Energy equivalent of an atomic explosion every 30 minutes. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Elaine Hruby <ul><li>10 a.m. evacuated her home </li></ul><ul><li>Watched the fire near Hillcrest </li></ul><ul><li>“ I felt masochistic, sitting on the outcropping, but those flames were like a magnet.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>The Crownest fire burned over 20,000 hectares of forest in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Negatively affected the timber industry and tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Positively affected Spray Lake Sawmills – salvage of burnt lumber </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ecological Pros and Cons <ul><li>Pros </li></ul><ul><li>Burned areas create ecological diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for the development of rich undergrowth </li></ul><ul><li>Cons </li></ul><ul><li>Burned and black area looks devoid of life </li></ul><ul><li>Large stands of timber smother the light and inhibit undergrowth </li></ul>