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Regional Parks Fuel Modification Projects

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February 10, 2017 - 4:59 PM

KELOWNA - Over the next several months, residents may notice two fuel modification projects underway in a couple of Regional Parks.

Contracted crews have started removing dead and hazardous trees, ladder fuels and are brushing vegetation and spacing trees on a five hectare portion of Black Mountain / sntsk‘il’nt?n Regional Park (sinch-KEEL-en-tin).   This work is taking place in cooperation with the Westbank First Nation which is partnering with the Regional District in managing the 510-hectare regional park on the eastern slopes of Kelowna and the peak of Black Mountain.  The park is closed to the public and the fuel management project is part of the ongoing effort to prepare it for future access.

Collected debris for this project will be burned in accordance with Air Quality and Open Burning regulations when either open burning is allowed in the region or venting and air quality are favourable with a custom site venting forecast from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Once a decision is made to proceed with burning on a particular day, local fire authorities, media and neighbourhood organizations will be advised.  The information will also be available on the Regional District website and Facebook page.

As well, residents are also reminded that during the winter months, when open burning is allowed, the BC Wildfire Service may burn collected debris piles in a portion of Rose Valley Regional Park above Bear Creek Road off Bowes and Pettman Roads.  Its crews removed hazard trees and brushing last year as part of a larger, ten-hectare multi-year fuel modification project.  Please be aware that trails in this area may be temporarily closed while crews are working.

For more information visit the Regional District Parks Services webpage regionaldistrict.com/parks, email parks@cord.bc.ca or call 250-469-6232.


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