Cranbrook, BC (October 14, 2021) -- The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (MFLNRORD) is leading a landscape level forest fuel reduction project, Wildfire Risk Reduction (WRR), south of Cranbrook.
The project is to abate wildfire risk to the community and it includes both manual/hand thinning with chainsaws as well as large scale mechanical operations. This will be the 3rdyear of treatments in the landscape level fuel break. It is a significant area, which encompasses crown land north of the large transmission line and extends east from Highway 95 at the junction of the Peavine FSR to Gold Creek Road near the reservoir. Treatments include removing ground fuels and juvenile trees to reduce the connectivity of fuels across the landscape, thereby reducing the likelihood of a catastrophic crown fire entering the city.
A manual thinning project is scheduled to begin Friday, October 15, 2021, near the Southstar trail network. This will involve work crews with chainsaws, and debris will be piled and burned. Access for trail users is intended to be maintained during this time. Please obey all posted signage in the area. A mechanical fuel reduction project is also tentatively scheduled to begin on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Approximately 141 hectares will be treated in the Peavine/Hidden Valley area.
Photo courtesy: Cranbrook Fire & Emergency Services.