FIRE MITIGATION AREA Crews will be in the Deer Ridge area of Summerland, thinning trees and taking additional fire mitigation measures in the coming weeks and months. During this time, trails in the area may be closed. (Image submitted)

Wildfire fuel modification work planned for Summerland

Thinning will be done in Deer Ridge area

The District of Summerland has received grant funding from the Union of B.C. Municipalities to complete wildfire fuel management treatments on municipal land in the Deer Ridge area.

This is the final phase of three treatments which began several years ago.

READ ALSO: Okanagan hopes $111M in B.C. wildfire cash will extinguish fires this summer

Treatment will involve thinning, which will be done by hand crews, chainsaws and possibly some small equipment.

Pile burning, if used, will be done according to municipal bylaws and advance notice will be provided of burning activities as much as possible.

Operations in the area will begin later this week and will finish before the end of March. During this time, some trails in the area will be closed as indicated by signage or flagging across trails. These closures are for public safety.

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