Prescribed Burn to be completed in the Hedley area

MERRITT – The BC Wildfire Service will be assisting the Upper Similkameen Indian Band in a prescribed burn project approximately 32 kilometres southeast of Princeton.

This project will be up to 168 hectares in size and is expected to begin as early as April 3, 2024, continuing until approximately mid-April, or until grass is too green to burn. The treatment area includes the Upper Similkameen IR area adjacent to Hedley and Highway 3.

The objective of this project is to reduce fine fuels and buildup of dead grass within the treatment area thus supporting ecosystem restoration and improve community protection through fuel load reduction.

Smoke may be visible from the Lower Similkameen IR, Village of Hedley and Highway 3.

Operations will be controlled and closely monitored by personnel and will provide critical cross training opportunities for the Upper Similkameen Indian Band and the BC Wildfire Service.

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Fire Information Officer
Kamloops Fire Centre
BC Wildfire Service