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Ecosystem restoration burn planned for Kettle Valley

The BC Wildfire Service will be doing a 25-hectare ecosystem restoration burn in the Kettle Valley area, about three kilometres north of Rock Creek.

They say smoke may impact residents near the burn area and will be highly visible from Rock Creek and surrounding communities. It may also be visible to motorists travelling along Highways 3 and 33.

The exact timing of this burn will depend on weather and site conditions, but it could begin as early as Friday. Burning will proceed if conditions are suitable and allow for smoke dispersal during burn operations, though smoke may also linger in the following days.

The wildfire service says key goals of this burn include helping restore forest health and a properly functioning ecosystem, enhancing species at risk habitat by reintroducing open forest conditions, improving ungulate habitat by increasing native forage diversity and abundance, and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the area.

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