Kimberley’s Fire Chief is calling the BC Government’s endorsement for expanded use of prescribed burns a “move in the right direction.”
The Province announced earlier this week they are working to amend laws and regulations within the Environmental Management Act that governs controlled burns to allow more usage as a firefighting tool.
Chief Rick Prasad says the burns have been used regularly in and around Kimberley city limits.
He says they help restore ecosystems back to what the natural format would be.
“It burns off a lot of the underbrush and smaller trees and helps reduce density,” Prasad says. “Its definitely something Mother Nature has been doing for thousands and thousands of years and its good to see some movement towards that type of tactic.”
Prasad feels the Province’s stance could help future controlled burns.
“We’ve been doing some controlled burning around here in patches when we can. Of course, the window for us is small to get those done. We have to make sure its not going to take off and become a bigger problem,” Prasad says. “Overall, the areas where we’ve treated, those areas have been very successful in becoming a little more fire resistant.”
The city’s fire department has spent the Fall conducting seven fuels management projects in the Kimberley Nature Park, Nordic Park and Forest Crowne Area.
Their goal has been to reduce tree density surrounding the community.
– Rick Prasad, Kimberley Fire Chief