BC Wildfire Service staff will be monitoring a planned burn of wood debris

BC Wildfire Service staff will be monitoring a planned burn of wood debris

Planned wood debris burning in Osoyoos area

The B.C. Wildfire Service is planning to burn wood debris in the Mount Kobau area.

The B.C. Wildfire Service is planning to burn wood debris in the Mount Kobau area starting Nov. 7 until the end of December.

These burns are part of the rehabilitation process for the Testalinden Creek wildfire, which burned 5,202 hectares in August 2015. The pile burning will take place on Mount Kobau and also north along the ridge to Reed Lake.

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The primary goal is to reduce the threat of erosion and promote the re-establishment of vegetation in the area. The removal of these burn piles will also help reduce the threat of unwanted wildfires in the future.

The burning of about 75 piles of wood debris will depend on weather conditions, site conditions and snow cover. They will only proceed if venting conditions are favourable. Smoke may be visible from Osoyoos and surrounding areas.

Trained B.C. Wildfire Service staff will carefully monitor these fires at all times.

Burns of this type must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the open burning smoke control regulation to help minimize the amount of smoke generated.