Smoke coming from behind the Begbie Bench area across the Columbia River from downtown Revelstoke is from a prescribed pile burning program that starts this week and could run for a few weeks, weather depending.
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources crews are burning slash piles created by a fuel management program conducted in the spring, including near the Mt. Macpherson trails area and along Highway 23.
A ministry spokesperson said the project could take up to a few weeks. “It’s all dependent on venting and the weather,” said fire information officer Karlie Shaughnessy. Burns are timed to be done during ideal conditions that will allow the smoke to vent out and blow away. If conditions remain ideal, the work could be completed quicker.
The fuel management project served two purposes. In addition to helping protect the recreation area and highway from wildfire, it also served as a demonstration area, allowing residents to be able to view what a typical Fire Smart forest looks like.
The fuel management work included removing danger trees, thinning stands, clearing fuels on the forest floors, cutting limbs off and removing unhealthy trees.