Planned burns scheduled for the rural Lumby and Cherryville areas

Fires will be set to assist with ecosystem restoration in the Monashees

A series of ecosystem restoration burns is being planned for the Cherryville/rural Lumby area.

These  prescribed fires will occur in several phases and may start as early  as Tuesday and continue until the end of March, weather  conditions permitting.

“These controlled burns will assist with ecosystem restoration and  will be conducted by Wildfire Management Branch crews and ministry staff in the Okanagan Shuswap Natural Resource District,” states a government release.

“Smoke may be  visible from Lumby, Coldstream, Cherryville and Vernon.”

The Satellite Hill burn areas will cover about 45 hectares six kilometres south of Lumby and Highway 6.

The South Fork burn area will cover about 30 hectares six kilometres east of Cherryville and north of Highway 6.

“Historically, grasslands and open forests in the Okanagan have been  renewed through frequent, low-intensity ground fires,” states the 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 grasslands and open forests containing large trees.”

The reintroduction of managed, low-intensity ground fires to these  areas is intended to restore and maintain plant communities that are  native to these areas. These managed fires also reduce fuel loads,  leading to a decreased risk of catastrophic wildfires.