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Ecosystem Restoration Burn Planned for Deer Park Mountain Area

Province of British Columbia
By Province of British Columbia
April 4th, 2022

The BC Wildfire Service will be supporting the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program section of the Ministry of Forests, in conducting an ecosystem restoration burn within one kilometre of Deer Park.

This prescribed burn will cover up to 450 hectares, over an ignition period of two to four days. Smoke may impact the residents close to the burn area and be visible from Deer Park, Renata, Castlegar and Edgewood; it may also be visible to motorists travelling along Highway 6.

The exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions but could begin as early as Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022. Burning will proceed if conditions are suitable and allow for smoke dispersal, though smoke may linger in the days following the burn.

Key goals of this prescribed burn include:

  • help restore forest health and properly functioning open forest conditions
  • address forest health issues associated with overly dense tree stands
  • reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the area

Fire is a normal and natural process in many of B.C.’s ecosystems. The BC Wildfire Service works regularly with land managers to undertake fuel management activities (including the use of prescribed burns), to help achieve land management objectives, reduce the severity of future wildfires and increase ecosystem and wildfire resilience. Learn more about prescribed burning online: http://ow.ly/20Su50Ax89j 

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 tollfree 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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