Smoke From Pile Burning Could be Visible in South Country

The following information was released by the Southeast Fire Centre on Friday, March 20, 2015. We have posted it as the burn is taking place in Electoral Area B and will be of interest to our residents.

CRANBROOK – Crews from the Southeast Fire Centre plan to burn piles of waste wood near Baynes Lake from March 23 to April 30, weather conditions permitting. Smoke may be visible in the area during this period.

The Wildfire Management Branch intends to burn slash piles that accumulated last fall during fuels management work. This is part of a two-year project to reduce forest fuels (e.g. waste wood, brush, accumulations of needles) and decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the area.

The piles are next to the Baynes Lake Dump Road. Equipment and trained wildfire crews will be on site to closely monitor the fire and prevent it from spreading.

These fires will be compliant with air quality and venting regulations and will proceed only if weather conditions are favourable for the quick dissipation of smoke. Wind speed, wind direction, venting and burning conditions will all be considered prior to ignition to minimize the amount of smoke.

Quick Facts:

  • The burn scars will be cleaned up and any remaining pieces of wood will be spread out to reduce their visual impact.
  • This fuel management project has removed danger trees, thinned stands, cleared away fuel on the forest floor, removed tree limbs up to two metres from the ground (“ladder” fuels) and removed unhealthy or suppressed trees.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website: www.bcwildfire.ca

For more information, please contact: Jordan Turner, Fire Information Officer, Wildfire Management Branch / Southeast Fire Centre - 250 365-4014