More controlled burns planned for Lytton area

B.C. Wildfire will be performing controlled burns in Skihist Provincial Park again this year.

LYTTON - With a goal of reducing interface wildfire risk and restoring natural ecosystems B.C. Wildfire will be in the Lytton area over the next two weeks performing prescribed burns.

This year work will be done in a subdivision above Loring Way east of Lytton, in Skihist Provincial Park and in an area northwest of Lytton and west of Highway 12. Smoke will be visible from surrounding highways and Lytton.

Last year crews completed similar burns in the area in an effort to reduce fuel in the area and restore natural habitats. The Lytton area was also hit by a large wildfire in July. The Botanie Creek fire consumed nearly 1,400 hectares, a house and several outbuildings.

The burns will begin as early as Wednesday, March 25 and will be finished by Friday, April 3. Exact timing will depend on the weather.

Crews regularly perform controlled burns and other fuel management practices to reduce the risk of interface wildfires. Controlled burns are set to mimic naturally occurring ground fires. These fires not only help remove fuels, they also help reduce the risk of insect infestations and help restore plant species in the area.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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