Prescribed burn upcoming near Merritt

By Chad Harris
February 26, 2016 - 11:55am

KAMLOOPS — B.C. Parks officials in conjunction with the BC Wildfire Service are planning a prescribed burn in Monck Provincial Park this March to restore the area's ecosystem and reduce wildfire risks. 

The eight-hectare burn area will be visible to people at Nicola Lakeshore Estates and residences west of the park near Monck Park Rd, and also from Highway 5A. 

The exact timing of the burn depends on site conditions and weather. 

To learn more about prescribed burns, click here

The Ministry of Environment indicated in a news release: The goal of these burns is to mimic naturally occurring ground fires and reduce the level of dead and combustible material in grassland and open forest areas. Introducing fire to the park will also help protect a number of values, including riparian areas, trail beds and park facilities, as well as nearby residential communities and infrastructure. The removal of forest fuels helps reduce the threat of interface wildfires. Prescribed fire can also discourage insect infestations and help fire-adapted plant species reproduce.

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