April 07, 2016 - 11:30 AM
LYTTON - An active fire is underway near Lytton, but not to worry, this one is a prescribed burn.
The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is working with the Lytton First Nation to conduct the burn in an area approximately two kilometres north of the village.
Fifteen hectares will be affected by the burn, which is being conducted now because of suitable weather and site conditions.
During the burn, smoke may be visible from the town and from Highway 12, according to fire information officer Max Birkner.
“The goal of the burn is to mimic naturally occurring ground fires and reduce the level of dead and combustible material in grassland and open forest areas,” he says in a B.C. Wildfire bulletin. “Removal of these forest fuels helps reduce the threat of interface wildfires."
Birkner notes planned fires can also prevent insect infestations and help fire-adapted plant species to reproduce.
Depending on weather conditions, the burn may continue tomorrow.
Once completed, a mop up crew will attend the area.
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