From now until the end of April, three large fuel modification projects will be completed in three different Regional Parks.
Over the next few weeks, crews will be removing dead and hazardous trees, ladder fuels and brushing just over 21-hectares in Scenic Canyon Regional Park, 20.1-hectares in Stephens Coyote Ridge Regional Park and almost nine hectares in Coldham Regional Park.
Please be aware that trails through these various work areas may be temporarily closed.
For their safety park users are asked to watch for signs advising that trails are closed and that they should stay out of any closed areas of the park. Where it is accessible for equipment, collected fire hazard wood debris will be chipped.
However, in areas where equipment is not able to reach, debris pile burning will be conducted 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.
As well, residents are also reminded that during the winter months, when open burning is allowed, the BC Wildfire Management Branch 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.
When open burning is allowed in the Regional District, Parks Services staff also plans to burn small piles of pine beetle infested and trail cleanup wood debris in Rose Valley, Kalamoir and Glen Canyon Regional Parks.