Wildfire Risk Reduction project planned along Soda Creek Road

WILLIAMS LAKE – The BC Wildfire Service and the Cariboo Chilcotin Forest District, in collaboration with Borland Creek Logging Ltd, will be conducting pile burning along Soda Creek Road and the Comer Hill Estates Mobile Home Park.

Completion of this 16 hectare project will help reduce the wildfire hazard near Williams Lake and restore grown-in Interior Douglas-fir stands to a natural and more desirable state. The scope of this project includes the removal of surface and ladder fuels, as well as pruning and thinning the existing stand to create crown separation and reduce the risk of a high-intensity crown fire.

Burning is expected to begin February 5, 2024, and continue periodically until March 31, 2024. Ignitions and burning will only proceed if weather and site conditions are suitable and allow smoke to dissipate. These burns will be conducted by local contract crews.

Inquiries, questions, or concerns are to be directed to the project contact listed at the bottom of the bulletin and not on-site workers.

Smoke and flames may be visible to the surrounding community and commuters on Soda Creek Road and Highway 20.

For more information regarding the Ventilation Index and Open Burning and Smoke Control Regulations, please visit: Ventilation Index – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions and air quality advisories, visit: Wildfire Service – Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

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

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Shelly Harnden
Land and Resource Coordinator
250 706-6276

BC Wildfire Service
Fire Information Officer
Cariboo Fire Centre
778 799-2100

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