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Small-scale planned ignition for Trozzo Creek wildfire

The purpose of the 40-hectare burn is to bring the fire's edge to pre-existing control lines where crews can safely work.

The BC Wildfire Service is preparing to conduct an aerial planned ignition on the Trozzo Creek wildfire on August 12 or August 13, 2021.

Residents of nearby communities are advised that smoke will be visible from Winlaw, Slocan, Highway 6 and surrounding areas.

BC Wildfire Service said the exact timing of the planned ignition will depend on weather and site conditions, but could begin as early as Thursday, August 12, 2021.

"The fire is currently burning in inaccessible terrain on the south side of the Lemon Creek drainage," BC Wildfire Service said.

"The purpose of the 40-hectare burn is to bring the fire's edge to pre-existing control lines where crews can safely work."

These planned ignitions will be monitored closely by BC Wildfire Service crews at all times. The planning process involves the identification, assessment, and mitigation of all hazards. Ground crews, hoselays, sprinklers, and helicopters will be on-site to support the operation.

The Trozzo Creek fire is currently listed at 5,871 hectares with 92 firefighters on scene aided by five helicopters and 11 pieces of heavy equipment.

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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