Site C burn notice, April 6-9

BC Hydro says controlled burning for Site C will take place from April 6 to 9 in the following locations:

"While filling the reservoir will be one of the last activities on the Site C project, clearing the area begins years in advance," BC Hydro says. "We need to remove trees and vegetation from the dam site and the reservoir area. Removing vegetation helps us prepare for river diversion, ensure boater safety, and reduce impacts to dam construction and operations."

Clearing activities continue along the Highway 29 realignment and transmission line corridor, BC Hydro says.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development said Tuesday that most open burning activities will be prohibited in B.C. effective at noon on April 16.

The ministry says large open burns pose an "unnecessary risk" during the COVID-19 pandemic, and says the burn bans will reduce the impact of wildfire smoke on air quality and public health.

In March, the Ministry of Environment imposed burn restrictions in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Hudson's Hope, and Chetwynd until April 15, saying poor air quality caused by burning could heighten the risk of COVID-19 infections.

However, most of the Site C construction area was exempted from the ministry's order, prompting concerns from seniors living downstream of the project.

If you see an uncontrolled fire or forest fire, immediately contact the BC Wildfire Service at 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cell.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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