Slash burning in the Mt. Macpherson area in September of 2011.

Slash burning in the Mt. Macpherson area in September of 2011.

Slash burns near Mt. Macpherson and Begbie Falls this week

The forests ministry is planning to burn slash piles in the Mt. Macpherson and Begbie Falls area this week, starting Tuesday.

The forests ministry is planning to burn slash piles in the Mt. Macpherson and Begbie Falls area this week, starting Tuesday.

The piles are left over from a spring 2011 wildfire fuel management project in that area.

“Burning will proceed only if weather conditions are ideal for quick smoke dissipation,” said Fire Information Officer Patrick Gall in a statement. “Wind speed and direction, venting and burning conditions will all be considered prior to ignition to minimize the amount of smoke in the area.”

Where there’s fire, there’s smoke. Look for it south and west of Revelstoke, in the Macpherson Nordic ski area along Highway 23 and along Begbie Falls Road. Wildfire crews and equipment will be on site monitoring the burning.

Gall said the goal of the fuel management project is to reduce the amount of forest fuels in interface areas, ultimately limiting the risk of catastrophic wildfires. This area was also chosen to provide residents of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District an opportunity to view a typical FireSmart forest and provide a model on which to base their own property modifications, the ministry said in a statement.