Controlled Burn to start near Smith River Fire


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Crews will soon resume burn off activities on the Smith River Fire to prevent further growth.

Before a burn off can take place careful consideration of weather, terrain, fuel loading and potential fire behaviour must to be taken into account. With the current favourable conditions forest service staff will focus activities on the west side of the fire.

The purpose of this process is to help eliminate remaining fuel between the fire and the highway. Due to burn off procedures smoke will increase in the area and may cause some delays along the Alaska Highway. For more information please contact 250-774-6956.

The Smith River Fire was caused by a lightning strike on June 1st 2009, and has burned 23,182 hectares.

The Prince George Fire Centre would like to remind the public to be vigilant with fire use. Nearly half of the wildfires in B.C. are caused by human carelessness and divert resources from naturally occurring lightning-caused fires.