The BC Wildfire Service, in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, is planning to conduct a 63-hectare prescribed burn approximately seven kilometres north of Midway in the Centre Hill/Ingram Creek area.
This controlled burn could begin as early as Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, weather permitting. Smoke may be visible from Highway 3, Midway, Rock Creek and surrounding communities throughout the Kettle River Valley.
Key goals of this prescribed burn include:
- rejuvenating the shrub, herb and grass layer, which will enhance habitats for mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk and Williamson’s sapsucker;
- improving overall biodiversity in the area, creating a more open forest habitat; and
- reducing accumulations of dead and combustible material, which will decrease 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.
Fire is a normal and natural process in many of British Columbia’s ecosystems. The BC Wildfire
Service works regularly with land managers to undertake fuel-management activities (including the use of prescribed burns), to help reduce the severity of future wildfires and related threats to communities.
Report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation by calling 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, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
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