Smokey skies in Lytton part of planned burn

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LYTTON – Don't panic if the sky is a bit smokey, because two planned burns are scheduled for the Lillooet Fire Zone.

The larger burn is scheduled to start tomorrow, March 28 and finish by March 31. It will only take place if weather conditions are suitable, according to a release from B.C. Wildfire.

B.C. Wildfire crews will monitor the 14 hectare burn set to take place near Stein Valley Nlakapamux school.

"Smoke and flames may be visible from the Village of Lytton and from Highway 1 and Highway 12," Fire Information Officer Max Birkner says in the release.

An additional 3.5 hectare burn is planned for the Lytton Creek gully between Indian Reserve 17 and Ponderosa Way. This burn is scheduled for today, March 27 and should finish by April 7.

"The goal of these burns is to mimic naturally occurring ground fires and reduce accumulations of combustible material in grassland areas. Removal of these fuels will help reduce the threat of interface wildfires," Birkner says.

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

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