Fires may be spotted this week near Ootischenia

Crews will be back to continue a fuel treatment project started last year

Smoke and flames may be visible in the area of the Castlegar Golf Club as early as next week as a fuel treatment project is continued by the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resources.

The Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resources is spreading the word that smoke and flames may be visible near the Castlegar Golf Club this week.

Crews will be back in the Ootischenia area to continue a fuel treatment project started last year.

The burning will be limited to small piles and will be compliant with air quality venting regulations, according to a press release.

It is expected the work will continue on the 14-hectare project periodically until the fall.

The fires will be monitored at all times.

The reduction of surface fuels through burning, thinning and pruning will minimize wildfire risks, especially to the new Tower Ridge subdivision.

The project will also reduce overall fuel loading in interface areas, reduce the potential for wildfire ignitions, reduce potential fire intensity if an ignition occurs and improve first responder access to the area if a fire occurs.

This project is part of the Regional District of Central Kootenay’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan for the community of Ootischenia.

Retaining healthy trees and other plant species is also an objective of the program.

A factsheet about wildfire prevention, including information about Community Wildfire Protection Plans, is available online at: http://ow.ly/jWvPn

 

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