The Kimberley Fire Department and contract crews are beginning fuels management projects next week.
They’ll focus on the Forest Crowne area starting Monday.
Fire chief Rick Prasad says the goal is to reduce the risk for wildfires.
“The objective or our fuels management program is to remove or reduce the density of the fuel adjacent to the city, just so that when the wildfire comes in we get a bit of a break. We’re worried about that highway corridor along there and the homes in the Forest Crowne area.”
Prasad adds trail access in the area will be limited to ensure safety for residents as trees will be coming down.
“We just want to make sure people avoid that area when there’s work happening, there will be signage up. Obviously there will be trees coming down. We just want nobody is injured and we want to look after the contractor as well.”
This project is necessary to reduce the amount of forest fuels in the area to mitigate wildfire risk.
Crews will be removing dead or dying lodgepole pine and dead aspen greater than 12.5 cm.
Trees which are considered high value to wildlife will be reserved.