The Skaha Creek fire on Aug. 29 in 2021. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)

The Skaha Creek fire on Aug. 29 in 2021. (Brennan Phillips/Penticton Western News)

Prescribed burns near Penticton scheduled for March

The fires will be done near Ellis and Penticton Creek on either side of Penticton

The BC Wildfire Service and Penticton Indian Band are planning two prescribed burns to start on March 14 or March 28.

The burns may be delayed if conditions do support the burns, with the later start currently considered more likely.

One burn will cover 95 hectares in the Ellis Creek area around six kilometres west of Penticton, and another will cover 61.5 hectares in the Penticton Creek area eight kilometres northeast of Penticton.

The Penticton Indian Band and the BC Wildfire Service will carefully control and monitor the fires at all times. Smoke and flames may be visible from Penticton and surrounding areas, and to travellers along Highways 97, 97C and 3A.

READ MORE: BC Wildfire announces 1,100 planned burns between Penticton and Peachland

For information about road conditions near the burns and to stay informed about any other possible impacts to travel you visit www.drivebc.ca.

The purpose of the prescribed burns is to cut down on potential fuel that may feed a wildfire. The burns also support the traditional use of fire as a tool to improve the landscape.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cell phone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


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