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Prescribed burns set for Lytton area

September 21, 2016 10:27 A.M.
Lytton wildfire in progress in late August.

If smoke is visible in the Village of Lytton and along Hwy. 1 starting Thursday, it's from prescribed burning, not wildfire.

B.C. Wildfire Service is planning to conduct three prescribed burns in the Lillooet Fire Zone between Thursday, Sept. 22 and Wednesday, Sept. 28.

Some residents of the area had to evacuate their homes in late August due to a wildfire within a few kilometres of the village. Prescribed burning is a means of reducing the wildfire hazard — particularly from interface fires that would threaten structures — over the longer term.

The exact timing of the prescribed burns will depend on weather and site conditions. They will proceed only if fire behaviour conditions are suitable and will allow for quick smoke dissipation and low to moderate fire intensity.

Trained wildfire crews will carefully monitor these fires and ensure that they are completely extinguished.

The three planned burn sites are:

  • Loring Way 1 – This 14.6-hectare burn will be conducted about two kilometres southeast of Lytton, uphill from Highway 1.
  • Loring Way 2 – This 6.8-hectare burn will take place about 2.5 km southeast of Lytton, uphill from Highway 1.  
  • Village of Lytton Kumsheen High School – This 3.4-hectare burn will be done about one kilometre south of Lytton. It will be completed over the weekend so that classes at the school are not disrupted.

The objective is to mimic naturally occurring ground fires and reduce the level of dead and combustible material in grassland and open forest areas. 

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