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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
June 11, 2018
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
BC Wildfire Service
Burning of wood piles planned in Slocan Valley

CASTLEGAR – The BC Wildfire Service is planning to burn about 25 piles of wood debris in the Slocan Valley, about three kilometres south of Silverton.

These controlled burns could start as early as Monday, June 11, 2018.

Smoke and flames may be visible from Silverton, Highway 6 and surrounding communities.

Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will be on site with firefighting equipment, to monitor and control these burns at all times.

Activities, such as pile burning, help reduce wildfire hazards by reducing accumulations of fuels (e.g. dead wood or brush) on the landscape. This pile burning project will only proceed if weather conditions are suitable for quick smoke dissipation. All such burns must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation, to help minimize the amount of smoke generated.

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Ashley Davidoff
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 365-4014

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