Prescribed burn planned in the Mineral Creek area

Castlegar – The BC Wildfire Service will be supporting Interfor in conducting a hazard abatement prescribed burn in the Mineral Creek area. The Mineral Creek prescribed burn will cover up to nine hectares and is located approximately 10 kilometres northeast of the community of Burton.

Smoke may impact the residents closest to the burn area and be visible from Burton and Nakusp. It may also be visible from Fauquier and Needles, as well as motorists travelling along Highway 6.

The exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions but could begin as early as Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Burning will proceed if conditions are suitable and allow for smoke dispersal, though smoke may linger in the days following the burn.

Key goals of both prescribed burns include:

  • long-term fire hazard abatement by reducing fuel loading
  • preparing the site for replanting
  • increase long-term nutrient cycling and biodiversity
  • contribute to landscape level fuel break and wildfire mitigation efforts

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 increase ecosystem and wildfire resilience. Learn more about prescribed burning online:

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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Ministry of Forests
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