Prescribed burn scheduled northwest of Merritt

MERRITT – The BC Wildfire Service, in partnership with the Lower Nicola Indian Band and Lower Nicola Fire Department, will be conducting a prescribed burn project approximately six kilometres northwest of Merritt.

This project will be up to 210 hectares in size and is scheduled to begin March 11, 2024, and continue until about mid-April or until grass is too green to burn. Work for this project will be dependent on local weather and venting conditions and will only occur if conditions are favourable.

Smoke may be visible to the City of Merritt, Lower Nicola residents and travelers along Highway 8 and Highway 97C.

The objectives for this project are to reduce the buildup of dead grass, promote the growth of traditional foods, aid in community protection in a Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) area and provide critical cross training opportunities for BC Wildfire personnel, Lower Nicola Indian Band and the Lower Nicola Fire Department.

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For more information on the importance of Cultural Burning and Prescribed Fire, please visit:


Fire Information Officer
Kamloops Fire Centre
BC Wildfire Service