The BC Wildfire Service will be conducting an ecosystem restoration burn in the Leaches Lake area which is about 18 kilometers southwest of Williams Lake and 3 kilometers east of Till Lake.
The burn, which could begin as early as tomorrow (September 28, 2022) will cover approximately 227 hectares and some road access in the area may be closed or restricted.
BC Wildfire Service said smoke may impact residents near the burn area and will be highly visible from Williams Lake, Riske Creek, and surrounding communities, and to motorists traveling along Meldrum Creek Road and Highway 20.
Once burn operations begin, they may continue periodically until Friday, October 21st.
Key goals of this prescribed burn include:
Restore open grasslands by reducing encroachment from juniper and conifer trees.
Improve the grassland forage for future wildlife and cattle grazing.
Reduce the wildfire hazard in the area.
Promote the growth of local plant species while reducing the spread of invasive plant species.
This burn is part of an ongoing ecosystem restoration program administered by the provincial government through the Cariboo’s Ecosystem Restoration Steering Committee, in consultation with First Nations, local ranchers, local forest licensees, outdoor organizations, Fraser Basin Council, and the B.C. Wildlife Federation and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society.