The BC Wildfire Service is planning to conduct an 8.5-hectare prescribed burn in the Keen Creek area, about 15 kilometres west of Kaslo.
This burn, which may begin as early as Monday, June 11, 2018, will help reduce wildfire threats and prepare the area for replanting.
Smoke may be visible from South Fork, Kaslo, Highway 31A and surrounding areas. Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will monitor this fire at all times.
Key goals of this prescribed burn include:
- reducing accumulations of dead and combustible material;
- delaying the growth of competing vegetation; and
- 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