Controlled Burn in Sage Creek Today

Jun 3, 2013

  The scheduled controlled burn in Sage Creek will begin today, Monday June 2nd.
Qualico Communities have contracted Native Plant Solutions to perform this procedure.

Controlled burns are conducted regularly in native grasslands for stand management
purposes.  Too much thatch (accumulating dead material) will reduce the resilience of
the native grass community and may leave the site more prone to weed invasion.  A
prescribed burn is used to remove excessive thatch accumulation and, if desired, to
elicit changes in the frequency and distribution of the species in the mixed grass
planting.  For Example, a prescribed burn can be ‘timed’ to favor taller more colorful
species in the planting.  Overall, when properly conducted, a prescribed burn ‘tightens
up’ the native grass/forb community, maintaining its ecological integrity.

A ‘surround fire’ technique will be used, and standard safety precautions involving
controlled burns will be observed, including the use of a ‘wet-line’ fire-break.

Homeowners are advised to keep windows and doors closed during the
prescribed burn.

The burn will affect the areas pictured above.