Prescribed burn planned for the Sutherland Creek area

CASTLEGAR – The BC Wildfire Service, Southeast Fire Centre, will be supporting Interfor to conduct a prescribed burn covering up to 44 hectares in the Sutherland Creek area, 10 kilometres east of Christina Lake.

Smoke may impact residents down valley of the burn and may be visible from Christina Lake and surrounding areas, and to motorists travelling along Highway 3.

The exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions, but it could begin as early as Thursday, May 11. Burning will only proceed if conditions are suitable and allow for good smoke dispersal during operations. However, smoke may linger onsite for several days following the burn while crews conduct mop-up and patrol.

Key goals of this prescribed burn include:

  • reducing forest fuels to decrease the long-term risk of wildfires,
  • helping to restore forest health and a properly functioning ecosystem,
  • preparing the site for replanting, and
  • returning a natural and necessary process to the landbase.

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 achieve land management objectives, reduce the severity of future wildfires and improve ecosystem and wildfire resilience.

Learn more about prescribed burning.

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BC Wildfire Service
Fire Information Officer
Southeast Fire Centre
250 318-7715