Efforts to build up a fire guard on Myrtle Mountain near Kimberley have been postponed.
City Council is extending deadlines for fire control work in the Kimberley Nature Park, as Fire Chief Rick Prasad says conditions are not safe for slash burning at this time.
“The class three burning ban came into effect at the beginning of June and we just knew we couldn’t get the burns done,” Prasad says. “So the contract was going to be due up in October, so we need to look at burning beyond October at this point to be safe.”
Prasad says they now plan to burn wood piles on Myrtle Mountain late this Fall.
“When you are driving up from Marysville, you will see a little hump just beyond Forest Crowne. That’s Myrtle Mountain,” Prasad says. “We are treating the area on the south slope of there to make sure we get rid of a lot of the regen growth that’s in there that can help cause fire to spread from the ground into the trees.”
The planned burn is part of the city’s Community Wildfire Management Program.
It helps the city limit the growth of future wildfires.
– City of Kimberley Fire Chief, Rick Prasad
– Jeff Johnson