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Prescribed burn planned for Glacier Creek area

Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will monitor this fire at all times

Submitted by the Southeast Fire Centre

BC Wildfire Service and BC Timber Sales staff plan to conduct a 15-hectare prescribed burn in a cutblock in the Glacier Creek area to help reduce wildfire threats and prepare the area for replanting.

The burn site is about 10 kilometres north of Cooper Creek and 55 km north of Kaslo, off the Lavina Forest Service Road. Smoke may be visible from Howser, Marblehead, Meadow Creek, Cooper Creek and surrounding communities. Smoke may also be visible to motorists travelling along Highway 31.

The exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions, but it could have begun as early as Monday, Oct. 5. Burning will proceed only if conditions are suitable and allow for a low-intensity to moderate-intensity fire. All prescribed burns must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. This helps minimize the amount of smoke generated.

Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will monitor this fire at all times.

Key goals of this prescribed burn include:

• reduce accumulations of dead wood and other combustible material

• delay the growth of competing vegetation

• decrease the risk of future catastrophic wildfires in the area

• prepare the site for planting

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free 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 Learn more about prescribed burning online: http://ow.ly/20Su50Ax89j.

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