Naramata-area burn may put smoke on our horizon

If you’re headed north today and its seems Penticton’s on fire, don’t worry — the people who are supposed to know, know.

The BC Wildfire Service is planning to burn about 200 piles of wood debris in an area near the Arawana Forest Service Road, about five kilometres east of Naramata.

These burns may start as early as this afternoon, but may continue through April.

Smoke may be visible in the surrounding area, including Naramata, Penticton and Summerland. These burns are being conducted as part of an ongoing fuel management project, in partnership with the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

The exact timing of the burns will depend on weather conditions, site conditions and snow cover, and will proceed only if venting conditions are favourable.

All such burns must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the open burning smoke control regulation to help minimize the amount of smoke generated.

Trained BC Wildfire Service staff will carefully monitor these fires at all times.

By the way, if you see smoke in another direction, you can call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.