Jim Garth of Debri Resources worked on a fuel mitigation program at Rosemont’s Art Gibbon Park in 2011. The same company will carry out work in various locations around the RDCK.

Jim Garth of Debri Resources worked on a fuel mitigation program at Rosemont’s Art Gibbon Park in 2011. The same company will carry out work in various locations around the RDCK.

RDCK takes on fuel management projects

The Regional District of Central Kootenay will undertake six new fuel management projects to reduce the risk of wildfires.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay will undertake six new fuel management projects to reduce the risk of wildfires.

A total of 31 hectares will be treated around the Blewett fire hall, Morning Mountain recreation area, Brent Kennedy school, Chatham Rd., Goose Creek and Pass Creek Park. The work is expected to be completed by April 30.

Crews from Debri Resources Ltd. and West Arm Silviculture will cut small understory trees, prune taller trees, and clean up woody debris from the forest floor. This will help reduce the amount of available forest fuel and limit the possibility of forest fires reaching residences, infrastructure and other assets.

The pruning will also help stop ground fire from getting into the tree canopy. Small woody debris will be piled and burned or chipped on site. To do this work safely, access to the areas will be restricted at times. Closure signs will be in place.