No fuel for the fire: RDCK resumes fuel treatments

The Regional District of Central Kootenay will resume operational fuel treatments this week to mitigate the risk of wildfire.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay will resume operational fuel treatments this week to mitigate the risk of wildfire.

The Chatfield Road project in Crescent Valley is a 13 hectare project on Crown land. Access to the area will be restricted to enable crews to work safely. Closure signs will be in place.

The 13.7 hectare Morning Mountain regional park will also be treated. As this is a popular mountain biking area, trails have been closed. Crews will work as quickly as possible to limit the trail closures.

Crews will cut small understory trees, prune taller trees, and clean up woody debris from the forest floor. These measures will reduce the amount of fuel available and limit the possibility of forest fires reaching homes, infrastructure and other assets.

Fuel treatments are shown to reduce the likelihood of catastrophic wildfire while improving forest health. Such treatments are part of the RDCK community wildfire protection planning and are funded through the Union of British Columbia Municipalities’ strategic wildfire prevention program, local RDCK directors, and the ColumbiaBasin Trust.

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