Prescribed burn scheduled near Pemberton

PEMBERTON — The BC Wildfire Service and the Lil’wat Nation will be conducting two prescribed burns 9 kilometres north of the village of Pemberton, B.C., in an area referred locally as the Owl Creek Drainage.

This will be a collaboration between Lil’wat Forestry Ventures (LFV), the forestry division of the Lil’wat First Nation, and BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).

The area of the two burns will be 5.2 hectares and 8.7 hectares respectively, for a total of 13.9 hectares. Preparation for these burns has commenced, however, the burns will likely occur between July 6 and July 15, 2022. The exact timing of the burns is dependent on weather, site, and venting conditions.

Lil’wat Forestry Ventures and BC Wildfire Service will carefully control and monitor the fire at all times. Ignition will proceed only if conditions are suitable and will allow for quick smoke dissipation but smoke from this burn will be highly visible throughout the Pemberton Valley.

Crews will introduce low intensity surface fire with the goals of increasing berry production, improving silviculture results, and creating harvesting and traditional teaching opportunities for Lil’wat community members. In addition, reducing fire hazard and protecting high environmental and cultural values in this area supports high priority objectives outlined in the South Coast Response Fire Management Plan.

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

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Dorthe Jakobsen
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Coastal Fire Centre
(250) 951-4209

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