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October 27, 2017 6:14 pm

Prescribed Burns Planned in Cariboo

Thursday, March 30, 2017 @ 5:58 AM

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.


But they don’t want us using fireplaces, or burn our lawns lol

Remember kids, Gov’t polution is fine, good for the environment. Your fireplace and wood stove is bad.

    Did you miss this part?

    “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.”

    Out in the outlying areas is a far different scenario than in a congested city/town.

      You realize what you posted, and quoted, was a pile of garbage right? Bundle that quote and reasoning however you want, man-made burns are hilarious and have zero justification. If mother nature wants that forest brought down, she will do it.. no stupid preventive burning is going to change anything.

      Burn the slash piles, I get it, but stop lighting huge fires and telling me I should trade my wood stove in because it bothers a few people.

Why don’t they burn in November like all the logging companies? They looking for flare ups to keep fire crews busy?

    Logging companies burn slash piles and logging blocks, this is grasslands and underbrush. Two totally different methods applied. Undergrowth is best burned off in the spring when new shoots are coming up and the left over ash and charcoal feeds the new growth.

    It doesn’t sound like their burning slash piles, sounds more like their burning off the grass and other litter to help rejuvenate the herbs and forbs.

      “Their” is supposed to be “they’re”. I’d blame auto-correct but I don’t have it. :)

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