BC Wildfire Service plans to conduct a 17-hectare prescribed burn in the Crawford Creek area as early as Monday to help reduce wildfire threats and prepare the area for replanting.

This come after the successful 12-hectare prescribed burn that was carried out in the same area earlier this spring. The burn site being 10 kilometres east of Crawford Bay may cause smoke to be visible from Crawford Bay and surrounding communities as well as on Highways 3A and Highway 31.

Burning will proceed only if conditions are suitable and allow for low- to moderate-intensity fire.

The goal is to reduce accumulations of dead and combustible material, delay the growth of competing vegetation, and decrease the risk of future catastrophic wildfires in the area.