Prescribed Burn Planned for Forest Crowne Area

April 12, 2021

Update (April 15, 2021) - Due to the increased potential for strong winds in the area, the prescribed burn in the Forest Crowne region has been cancelled for today. We will let the public know as soon as it has been rescheduled!

To help reduce wildfire threats, the BC Wildfire Service will be supporting the City of Kimberley in conducting a prescribed burn in the Forest Crowne area covering up to 14-hectares.

The prescribed burn is located within the limits of the City of Kimberley. Smoke may impact the residents close to the burn area and will be highly visible from Kimberley, Marysville, and surrounding areas. Smoke will also be visible to motorists travelling along Highway 95A and Highway 3.

The exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions, but it could begin as early as Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021. Burning will proceed only if conditions are suitable and allow for smoke dispersal during burn operations. Light smoke may also linger in the following days.

Key goals of this prescribed burn include:

  • reduce accumulations of dead wood and other combustible material
  • promote ecological biodiversity by suppressing growth of regenerating trees and,
  • reduce wildfire severity

Fire is a normal and natural process in many of B.C.'s ecosystems. The BC Wildfire Service works regularly with land managers to undertake fuel management activities (including the use of prescribed burns), to help reduce the severity of future wildfires and related threats to communities.

Learn more about prescribed burning online: http://ow.ly/20Su50Ax89j

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

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, conditions and prohibitions, call 1 888 3-FOREST (1 888 336-7378) or visit: bcwildfire.ca

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Contact:
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 608-8951

Rick Prasad
Fire Chief
City of Kimberley
250 427-4114