Piles of woody debris from Plateau wildfire to be burned near Nazko

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Smoke may be visible near Nazko and surrounding areas as piles of woody debris are periodically burned between March 26, 2021 and October 31, 2021.

The piles of debris located about 15 kilometres southwest of Nazko near Fishpot and Coglistiko Lakes were created when dead trees from the 2017 Plateau Fire were cut down to prepare for planting.

BC Wildfire Service personnel will assist with controlling and monitoring the burning which will only be conducted when weather, site and venting conditions are suitable.

Sparked by lightning, the Plateau Fire was the largest fire recorded in B.C. history covering more than 521,000 hectares.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said several piles will remain in place to enhance wildlife habitat by providing cover for martens, fishers and other animals.

Rebecca Dyok, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Williams Lake Tribune