The Vernon Fire Department will proceed with a planned burn in the Bella Vista area in November.

Beetle kill focus of fire

The Vernon Fire Department is working with a local resident to hold a prescribed burn north of Tronson Road

Efforts are being taken to reduce the wildfire risk in part of Okanagan Landing.

The Vernon Fire Department is working with a local resident to hold a prescribed burn along 200 hectares on the north slope above the Rise Golf Course and extending back toward Canadian Lake Estates.

“We are trying to clean up areas that are a potential threat,” said Lawrie Skolrood, deputy fire chief.

There is a lot of dead wood because of the mountain pine beetle infestation.

“The area is notorious for lightning strikes,” said Skolrood, adding that a wildfire could threaten homes.

Skolrood is pleased to see a property owner take the lead with the burn, which will take place after the first major snowfall in November.

“He sees that there is a risk. It cleans up an area of concern for us,” said Skolrood.

The dead fall will be collected into small piles and burned. It will be closely monitored by firefighters.

The possibility of the controlled burn spreading will be limited because of snow, and attempts will be made to minimize the impact of smoke on air quality.


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