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Two prescribed burns slated for this weekend, weather permitting

McLeod Creek and Trozzo Creek areas may see prescribed burns as early as Sunday.

Two prescribed burns in the region may help the BC Wildfire Service get a jump on this year's fire season,

To help reduce wildfire threats, the BC Wildfire Service is supporting the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo) in conducting a prescribed burn covering up to 162 hectares in the Trozzo Creek area.

The burn site is around three km northeast of Winlaw. Smoke may impact the residents close to the burn area and be visible from Winlaw and surrounding communities; it may also be visible to motorists travelling along Hwy 6.

To help reduce wildfire threat in the wildland urban interface, the BC Wildfire Service is also supporting Interfor in conducting a prescribed burn covering up to 20.5 hectares within the McLeod Creek area.

The burn site is around four km north of Nakusp. Smoke may impact the residents close to the burn area and be highly visible from Nakusp and surrounding communities; it may also be visible to motorists travelling along Hwy 6. 

The exact timing of these burns will depend on weather and site conditions but could begin as early as Sunday, Apr. 24, 2022. Burning will proceed if conditions are suitable and allow for smoke dispersal, though smoke may linger in the following days.

The goal of this prescribed burn is to improve community wildfire protection by reducing fuels in the wildland urban interface.

Key goals include:

  • Mimic naturally occurring ground fire,
  • reduce accumulations of dead and combustible material, and
  • decrease the risk of future 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 reduce the severity of future wildfires and related threats to communities.

Learn more about prescribed burning online: http://ow.ly/20Su50Ax89j 

Video from the nearby 2021 Ponderosa prescribed burn: https://youtu.be/y0wXnZ0mL3E

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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