Burning Fire Wood Debris Today

The Regional District of Central Okanagan advises that controlled burns are underway today (Thursday, March 6, 2014) in Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional Park and Coldham Regional Park.

This is to dispose of fire hazard debris collected as part of large fuel modification projects underway within a 20-hectare section of Stephen Coyote Ridge and nine hectares in Coldham regional parks.

With appropriate Open burning permits for fire fuel hazard reduction and a custom venting forecast from the BC Wildfire Management Branch which predicts good venting conditions at the sites, piles of pine beetle infested and other fire hazard wood debris are being burned today in the two regional parks even though open burning is not allowed today in the Central Okanagan.

Further controlled burns will likely be required to dispose of fire hazard debris collected in fuel modification projects in these parks and 21-hectares of Scenic Canyon Regional Park.

As well, when crews are available, the BC Wildfire Management Branch will burn hazard debris piles in a portion of Rose Valley Regional Park above Bear Creek Road off Bowes and Pettman Roads.  This material from hazard trees and brushing was collected last year as part of a larger, ten-hectare multi-year fuel modification project.

All local fire departments and local media have been advised of today’s activity in the park and will be notified when further burning takes place.


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