Scene: High Park's Controlled Burn
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Scene: High Park’s Controlled Burn

WHERE: High Park
WHEN: Beginning just after noon in the north end of High Park, moving through four locations in the park, and ending just after 4 p.m.
WHAT: The City conducted a “controlled burn” in High Park, meant to burn off dead leaves and twigs close to the ground, in order to enrich the soil and encourage growth of the park’s rare varieties of vegetation. The burn was conducted in several areas of the park simultaneously, and a news release from the City warned nearby residents to close their windows or leave the area “to avoid any potential sensitivity to poison ivy and smoke.” Access to parts of the park was restricted throughout the day.
Says Torontoist photographer Chris Drost: “By all accounts it was a success with only minor incidents—a couple raccoons scampering up trees, a pine lighting up like a Christmas tree, and a few things going ‘pop’… That and a bunch of photojournalists coming home today smelling like a giant camp fire.”
Photos by Christopher Drost/Torontoist.