Smoke may be visible north of Canim Lake, near 100 Mile House, due to large-scale industrial burning that’s currently underway to clear out wood debris and reduce wildfire risks in the area.
As of noon on Sept. 9, 2016, Category 3 fires were once again allowed throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, due to a decreased wildfire risk in the region. The Category 3 open burns north of Canim Lake are being carried out in the following areas:
- Boss Creek Road
- Spanish Creek Forest Service Road
- 6300 Road
- Dietrich Creek Road
- Lang Lake Forest Service Road
Piles of logging debris can create a significant wildfire risk if they’re not disposed of responsibly. The controlled burning of such piles when weather, site and venting conditions are favourable helps mitigate this threat. Category 3 burning is expected to continue in this area for the next month.
Category 3 fires include:
- fires that are larger than two metres high by three metres wide
- the burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares
- the burning of three or more fires concurrently (with individual burn piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide)
- one or more burning windrows
Anyone who lights, fuels or uses a Category 2 or Category 3 open fire must comply with the Environmental Management Act and Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. Anyone who wishes to light or make use of a Category 3 open fire must first obtain a burn registration number by calling 1 888 797-1717.
To learn more about open burning categories, fire bans and fire restrictions, please visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.
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