Prescribed forest burn planned for Topley area

Forestry crews will burn 45 hectares of forest in the Topley area to reduce wildlife risk.

  • May. 22, 2012 2:00 p.m.

Forestry crews will burn 45 hectares of forest in the Topley area to reduce wildlife risk.

During the burn, which will take place over the next month, smoke and flames may be visible near Topley and along Highway 16.

According to the Northwest Fire Centre, the burn will only go ahead if the weather is ideal for quickly dispersing smoke and a low-intensity fire.

“The goal is to mimic a naturally occurirng fire to remove dead and combustible material and discourage insect infestations,” said the release. “It will also help fire-adapted plant species reproduce, such as grasses that thrive in newly cleared areas or trees whose seeds are only released when exposed to heat.”

For updates on fire activity across the province, visit www.bcwildfire.ca.