Prescribed burn in Kimberley Nature Park successful

Smoke will hang around for a few more days; fire department, B.C. Wildfire Service personnel on site

  • Apr. 18, 2016 8:00 p.m.
The Kimberley Fire Department and BC Wildfire Service crews on scene at the prescribed burn this past Sunday.

The Kimberley Fire Department and BC Wildfire Service crews on scene at the prescribed burn this past Sunday.

The prescribed burn in Kimberley’s Nature Park, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2016 was successfully carried out on Sunday, April 17.

Kimberley Fire Chief Al Collinson said it went off well, although there were some smoke issues Sunday evening.

“Everything went off very well, although you never get 100 per cent. We have fire department members and BC Wildfire personnel up there for another day or so making sure everything is out. The old tamarack stumps will be smoking for a few more days.”

There was good venting on Sunday but as darkness fell, smoke descended on Kimberley, particularly Lower Blarchmont which is right below the burn area.

“Venting indexes change at night,” Collinson said. “Air pressure changes. Lower Blarchmont did get hit hard.”

This is the last prescribed burn planned for the year although there are other projects ongoing. Smaller slashpiles are being burned during the day in areas of the Nature Park, but shouldn’t cause a problem at night.

The smoke from the prescribed burn will be around for a few more days, but lessening each day.