The BC Wildfire Service plans to conduct a series of prescribed burns northwest of Clinton to help restore ecosystems and reduce wildfire risks.
These controlled burns will take place in the Crows Bar area. They will cover about 500 hectares between Canoe Creek and the Big Bar Ferry, on the east side of the Fraser River. Smoke and flames may be visible from surrounding communities.
Burning may begin as early as Monday, Sept. 20, 2019, and continue periodically until Oct. 31. The exact timing of these low- to moderate-intensity burns will depend on weather and site conditions. They will proceed only if conditions are suitable and allow smoke to dissipate quickly.
This ecosystem restoration project will enhance habitat for wild sheep and improve cattle forage. It will also help limit the encroachment of Douglas-fir trees into grasslands in this area.
A prescribed burn is an intentionally ignited fire that is planned and managed by a certified “burn boss.” The burn boss is responsible for ensuring that initial burn conditions are favourable and that the fires are fully extinguished once the prescribed burns are completed.
BC Wildfire Service crews will closely monitor these fires at all times.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
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A factsheet about prescribed burns and ecosystem restoration burns is available online: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/prevention/vegetation-and-fuel-management/prescribed-burning