Prescribed burn planned for Matthew Creek area

CASTLEGAR – The BC Wildfire Service will be supporting the City of Kimberley in conducting a prescribed burn covering up to 20 hectares in the Matthew Creek area.

The burn site is approximately 6.5 kilometres to the west of Marysville. Smoke may be visible to residents in Kimberley and surrounding communities; it may also be visible to motorists travelling along Highway 95A.

The exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions, but it could begin as early as Saturday, September 23, 2023, with site preparations commencing Friday, September 22. Burning will proceed if conditions are suitable and allow for smoke dispersal during burn operations, though light smoke may also linger in the following days.

The goal of this prescribed burn is to improve community wildfire protection by reducing fuels as well as protecting important infrastructure in the area.

Key goals include:

  • Mimic naturally occurring ground fire
  • Reduce accumulations of dead and combustible material
  • Decrease the risk of future catastrophic wildfires in the area

Fire is a normal and natural process in many of B.C.’s ecosystems. The BC Wildfire Service works regularly with land managers to undertake fuel management activities (including the use of prescribed burns), to help reduce the severity of future wildfires and related threats to communities.

Learn more about prescribed burning online, here.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 tollfree or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air-quality advisories, visit:

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BC Wildfire Service

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