Prescribed burn scheduled for March 14

Prescribed burn scheduled for Skuppah Indian Band

UPDATE: March 31 BC Wildfire Service is watching the site and weather conditions closely and it looks like all conditions will align for the burn to happen possibly the April 1 weekend. 

LYTTON — The BC Wildfire Service and Skuppah Indian Band plan to conduct a 13-hectare prescribed burn south of the Village of Lytton on the Skuppah 2A Indian Reserve and Inklyuhkinatko Indian Reserve.

The burn could begin as early as March 14, 2022 with the exact timing dependent on weather, site and venting conditions. Ignition will proceed only if conditions are suitable and will allow for quick smoke dissipation.

Trained wildfire crews will carefully control and monitor the fires at all times. Smoke and flames may be visible from Skuppah Indian Band, Lytton, Lytton First Nations, Siska Indian Band and travellers along Highway 1 and Highway 12. For information about road conditions near these projects, please visit www.drivebc.ca.

The goal of this burn is to provide a level of community protection from wildfire by reducing the level of combustible material in the area by mimicking a naturally occurring ground fire. The removal of these fuels helps reduce the chances of a wildfire burning upslope toward the nearby community. This burn also supports the traditional use of fire as a tool to improve the landscape.

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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