Photo: Ed Burke
Controlled burning is underway today in the mountains above Peachland.
The BC Wildfire Service says it is working with the Penticton Indian Band and Okanagan Nation Alliance to conduct a 40-hectare burn on Thursday.
The burn is a part of a larger 170-hectare project taking place this fall.
Smoke from the burn project may be visible through to Nov. 30.
The Penticton Indian Band and the BC Wildfire Service will carefully control and monitor the fire at all times. Smoke and flames may be visible from Peachland, Summerland, Kelowna, Penticton and surrounding areas, and to travellers along Highways 97 and 97C.
The purpose of this prescribed burn is to:
- provide a level of community protection from wildfire by reducing fuel
- restore the ecosystem, including mule deer winter range
- and enhance Indigenous cultural values in the area while also supporting the traditional use of fire as a tool to improve the landscape