Prescribed burn north of Barriere scheduled for Chu Chua area between April 26 and May 14

Smoke will be visible from the communities of Barriere, Darfield and Little Fort, and from Highway 5 from Barriere to Little Fort.

KAMLOOPS – The BC Wildfire Service, in partnership with the Simpcw First Nation, will conduct a 27-hectare prescribed burn in Chu Chua between April 26 and May 14, 2018.

The exact timing will depend on weather and site conditions.

This prescribed burn will reduce wildfire risks in and around the Chu Chua community by removing fuels (accumulations of combustible materials) from grass fields near homes. The Chu Chua Volunteer Fire Department will assist BC Wildfire Service crews to control and monitor the fire at all times.

The burn will proceed only if conditions will allow for low-intensity to moderate-intensity fire, and for quick smoke dissipation. Smoke will be visible from the communities of Barriere, Darfield and Little Fort, and from Highway 5 from Barriere to Little Fort.

Smoke may be present shortly after the burn is ignited, and for several days afterward. It may affect visibility on Dunn Lake Road, so traffic control measures will be in place, if necessary.

The BC Wildfire Service, working with land managers, regularly undertakes fuel management activities (including the use of prescribed burns) to help reduce wildfire severity and related threats to communities. A prescribed burn is an effective tool because it decreases the amount of combustible material, such as underbrush and dead wood, on the landscape.

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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Learn More:

More information about prescribed burns is available online: http://ow.ly/BKG030jF7ZP

A factsheet about prescribed burns and ecosystem restoration burns is available online: http://ow.ly/7RXg304vw2Z

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