Prescribed burning may create smoke north of Clinton

Depending on weather conditions, 40-hectare controlled burn April 1-11

Smoke and flames from a prescribed burn may be visible north of the Village of Clinton and west of Highway 97 from April 1-11, 2014, says Emily Koch, Cariboo Fire Centre fire information officer for the Wildfire Management Branch.

Clinton Volunteer Fire Department is conducting a 40-hectare controlled burn with the assistance of Cariboo Fire Centre personnel. The exact timing of the burn will depend on weather and site conditions.

This prescribed burn will help maintain a fuel management project that was completed in 2009. The goal is to reduce the threat of an interface wildfire near the Village of Clinton by reducing the amount of wood debris and other combustible material in grasslands and open forest areas.

Removal of forest fuels helps slow the spread of wildfires and will provide firefighters with a much safer work environment during any future fire suppression operations, Koch says.


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