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Prescribed burn planned for Bradley Creek area

The Nelson Daily Staff
By The Nelson Daily Staff
May 1st, 2023

The BC Wildfire Service said in a media release that working with BC Timber Sales there will be a prescribed burn covering up to 10 hectares near Bradley Creek and Kokanee Creek Provincial Park areas.

The BC Wildfire Service said the burn site is located approximately seven kilometres southwest of the community of Balfour with smoke visible from Balfour, Harrop, and surrounding areas.

The BC Wildfire Service said smoke will also be visible to motorists traveling on Highway 3A.

The BC Wildfire Service said the exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions, but it could begin as early as Tuesday, May 2, 2023. Burning will proceed only if conditions are suitable and allow for smoke dispersal, though smoke may linger in the following days.

Key goals of this prescribed burn include:

  • reduce build-up of dead and combustible material
  • prepare the site for replanting, and
  • reduce future risk of catastrophic wildfires

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

BC Wildfire Service is reporting that two fires of note in the Cariboo Fire Centre are still causing a concern to ground crews.

The Lost Valley Road wildfire, discovered Saturday, is currently 113 hectares in size while the Dripping Water fire, called in Thursday, April 27th, is 209 hectares.

The Dripping Water fire was discovered on Thursday, April 27th and is approximately is 209 hectares. — BC Wildfire Service photo

Learn more about prescribed burning online:

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 tollfree or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air-quality advisories, visit:

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