The BC Wildfire Service and the Lil’wat Nation are continuing with a prescribed burn project 9 kilometres north of the Village of Pemberton, BC, in an area referred locally as the Owl Creek Drainage. This is a collaboration between Lil’wat Forestry Ventures (LFV), the forestry division of the Lil’wat First Nation, and BC Wildfire Service (BCWS).
Crews intend to complete the project tomorrow – July 20, 2022 – in the Pemberton Zone. The second part of the project is OWO Block 20, which is 5.2 hectares. The first portion of this project was successfully completed last week and totalled 8.7 hectares. The exact timing of these prescribed burns is dependent on weather, site, and venting conditions.
Lil’wat Forestry Ventures and BC Wildfire Service will carefully control and monitor the fire at all times. Ignition will proceed only if conditions are suitable and will allow for quick smoke dissipation but smoke from this burn will be highly visible throughout the Pemberton Valley.
Crews will introduce low intensity surface fire with the goals of increasing berry production, improving silviculture results, and creating harvesting and traditional teaching opportunities for Lil’wat community members. In addition, reducing fire hazard and protecting “high environmental and cultural values” in this area supports high priority objectives outlined in the South Coast Response Fire Management Plan.
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