Prescribed Burns Planned in Cariboo
Prince George, B.C. – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations plans to conduct a series of prescribed burns at sites west and south of Williams Lake between April 1 and May 15, 2017, weather conditions permitting.
These controlled burns will help restore natural grassland ecosystems and will be managed by the ministry’s Ecosystem Restoration Program, with the assistance of the BC Wildfire Service.
Firefighters will carefully monitor the fires at all times and will ensure that they are fully extinguished.
Smoke from these fires may be visible from nearby communities. The decision on when to proceed with these burns will depend on weather and site conditions. Such burns are only conducted when conditions allow for smoke to quickly dissipate.
Areas planned for treatment are:
- Doc English Lake area (Becher Prairie), near Riske Creek: about 150 hectares, south of Highway 20 on both sides of Cotton Road.
- Bald Mountain, near Riske Creek: about 70 to 100 hectares, on the west side of Farwell Canyon Road at the six-kilometre mark.
Historically, grasslands in the Cariboo-Chilcotin were renewed through frequent, low-intensity ground fires which prevented tree encroachment, rejuvenated understory plants and helped maintain open grasslands.
This work will also improve habitat and foraging opportunities for grassland-dependent animals and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the future.