City crews will be carrying out wildfire mitigation work on a piece of city land southeast of the Rail Trail this fall. Map: City of Nelson

City crews will be carrying out wildfire mitigation work on a piece of city land southeast of the Rail Trail this fall. Map: City of Nelson

Wildfire prevention work this fall at Mountain Station

Crews will be cutting and burning wildfire fuel in forest near Rail Trail

Starting Nov. 14, crews will be burning debris in the Mountain Station area in an attempt to reduce the amount of wildfire fuel.

A local company contracted by the City of Nelson will be cutting dead and dying understory growth while also pruning retained trees and pile-burning, according to a news release from Nelson Fire and Rescue.

The work will continue until the end of December.

The 6.2-hectare project will take place on city land above the Rail Trail southeast of Trevor and Regent Streets.

“This important work not only decreases the wildfire risk for the adjacent neighbourhoods, but it also increases the wildfire resiliency of the city’s critical infrastructure — the Mount Station reservoir,” said the city’s fire chief Jeff Hebert.

“We are excited to see this fuel reduction project get started and build on the overall community protection efforts.”

He said this work will complement wildfire mitigation work already done along the Rail Trail.

The project is funded by the provincial government’s Community Resiliency Investment Program.

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