FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro will be conducting debris burns in Site C project areas near Halfway River until Thursday.

The burns are expected to begin Monday and will be on the island and north bank of the Peace River.

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,” reads the Site C website.

BC Hydro says removing vegetation helps prepare for river diversion, ensures boater safety, and reduces impacts to dam construction and operations.

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