FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – From January 17th to 20th, BC Hydro will be burning debris in Site C Project areas.

Burning will take place on the south bank of the Peace River between two and seven kilometres east of Halfway River.

“To reduce the amount of debris that may end up in the water and at the dam site, we are clearing about three-quarters of the vegetation within the reservoir footprint. Some trees will remain in the lower areas and on steep slopes where it is unsafe to work,” reads a release on the Site C Project website.

“Removing vegetation helps us prepare for river diversion, ensure boater safety, and reduce impacts to dam construction and operations.”

According to BC Hydro, crews will also be clearing along the Highway 29 realignment.

Merchantable trees are hauled to local mills, while the remaining debris that cannot be removed, mulched or chipped is burned.

Burns only occur in the fall and winter, during venting windows where atmospheric pressure allows the smoke to disperse.

“We carefully plan and monitor all burning. This includes the timing, size and location of the wood piles, and the amount of smoke emitted. We comply with regulatory requirements and the Site C Smoke Management Plan.”

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