Pile burning planned for Wildfire Risk Reduction project on Fox Mountain

WILLIAMS LAKE – BC Wildfire Service and the Cariboo Chilcotin Forest District, in collaboration with Borland Creek Logging Ltd., will be conducting pile burning on Fox Mountain as part of a wildfire risk reduction project.

Completion of this 52.4 hectare project will help reduce the wildfire hazard near Williams Lake and restore grown-in Interior Douglas-fir stands to a natural and more desirable state. The scope of this project includes the removal of surface and ladder fuels, as well as pruning and thinning the existing stands to create crown separation and reduce the risk of a high-intensity crown fire.

Burning is expected to begin Jan. 10, 2024 and continue periodically until March 31, 2024. Ignitions and burning will only proceed if weather and site conditions are suitable and allow smoke to dissipate. These burns will be conducted by local contract crews.

Smoke and flames may be visible to the surrounding community and to commuters on Ross Road, Fox Mountain Road and Highway 97.

For more information regarding the Ventilation Index and Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation, please visit: Ventilation Index – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca).

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions and air quality advisories, visit: Wildfire Service – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca).

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.

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