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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
Sept. 20, 2019
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
BC Wildfire Service
Smoke visible from pile burning in Joe Rich

KELOWNA – The BC Wildfire Service plans to burn approximately 10 piles in Joe Rich, west of Philpott Road.

The burns are scheduled to start on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, and will conclude by the end of December 2019.

The exact timing of the burns will depend on weather, site conditions, venting and timing of snow. They will proceed only if fire behaviour conditions are suitable. Staff from the BC Wildfire Service will carefully prepare, control and monitor the fire at all times. Smoke may be visible from nearby communities, but ignition will proceed only if conditions are suitable and will allow for quick smoke dissipation.

The burns will take place along the top of the ridge, west of Philpott Road. They are being conducted as part of the rehabilitation process of the Philpott Road wildfire, which burnt 465 hectares in August 2017.

The goal of rehabilitating this area is to reduce threat of erosion, re-establish vegetation and reduce future wildfire risk. Removal of these burn piles helps reduce the threat of unwanted wildfires.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

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