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Prescribed burn planned for Ponderosa Area in Slocan Valley

BC Wildfire Service said the prescribed burn, similar to the event in the photo, is scheduled for Ponderosa FSR area about eight kilometres south of Slocan and ten kilometres north of Winlaw.

The BC Wildfire Service will be supporting the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative, in conducting a prescribed burn covering up to 150-hectares within the Ponderosa FSR area to help reduce wildfire threats and restore ecosystem health and resiliency.

BC Wildfire Service said the burn site is about eight kilometres south of Slocan and ten kilometres north of Winlaw.

BC Wildfire Service said smoke may be visible from Slocan, Winlaw and surrounding communities, as well as motorists travelling along Highway 6.

The exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions, but it could be as early as Monday, April 12, 2021. Burning will proceed only if conditions are suitable and allow for smoke dispersal, though light smoke may linger in the following days.

Key goals of this prescribed burn include:

  • reduce accumulations of dead wood and other combustible material
  • decrease the risk of future catastrophic wildfires in the area, and
  • help restore forest health and properly functioning open forest conditions.

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 and increase ecosystem and wildfire resilience.

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

View the video of the 2018 Winlaw prescribed burn: https://www.sifco.ca/type-4