The BC Wildfire Service is planning to conduct an 11-hectare prescribed burn in the Hope Creek area as early as Tuesday, May 8, 2018, to help reduce wildfire threats and prepare the area for replanting.
The burn site is about 30 kilometres north of Meadow Creek, and smoke will be visible from Highway 31 between Poplar Creek and Trout Lake. Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will monitor the fire at all times.
Key goals of this prescribed burn include:
- reducing accumulations of dead and combustible material.
- delaying the growth of competing vegetation.
- decreasing the risk of future catastrophic wildfires in the area.
The exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions. Burning will proceed only if conditions are suitable, and allow for low-intensity to moderate-intensity fire, and quick smoke dissipation. All prescribed burns must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. This helps minimize the amount of smoke generated.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air-quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
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A factsheet about prescribed burns and ecosystem restoration burns is available online: http://ow.ly/E8Ue30br7OY