Prescribed burns set for Lumby and Cherryville area

Burning will assist with ecosystem restoration and will occur in several phases

Prescribed burning is planned in the Lumby and Cherryville area between Thursday and May 15.

This controlled burning will assist with ecosystem restoration and will occur in several phases during this period.

The burns will be conducted by Wildfire Management Branch crews and staff from the Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District.

The Satellite Hill burn area covers an estimated 36 hectares, about six kilometres south of Lumby and Highway 6 in the Harris Creek area.

The Woodward Creek burn area covers an estimated 15 hectares, about 20 kilometres west of Lumby, north of Highway 6.

The South Fork burn area covers an estimated 32 hectares, about 12.5 kilometres east of Cherryville, north of Highway 6.

“Historically, grasslands and open forests in the Okanagan have been renewed through frequent, low-intensity ground fires,” states a government release.

“Such fires limit tree encroachment, rejuvenate understory plants (trees and shrubs that grow beneath the forest canopy but above ground-cover plants) and maintain open grassland and open forests containing large trees.”

 

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