Prescribed burns for the grounds of the Vancouver Island military base
People who live in the Metchosin area on Vancouver Island may notice smoke coming from the Rocky Point area as of Monday.
Starting Monday, the BC Wildfire Service will conduct controlled burns on up to 25 hectares of land at the Department of National Defense (DND) base in Rocky Point.
Prescribed burns will take place over three to five days between September 20 and mid-October, depending on the weather, according to DND.
Controlled burns act as an environmentally friendly form of land management, according to the military.
Prescribed burns are effective in achieving several land management objectives for DND, including mitigating the risk of forest fires, maintaining open natural landscapes for military training, and protecting and restoring rare ecosystems. of Garry oak which are home to a large number of endangered species, ”said a notice issued by Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt on Monday.
“Smoke will be generated during prescribed burns,” the statement added.
British Columbia recently lifted the weeks-long state of emergency caused by wildfires in the province.
The state of emergency lasted from July 20 to September 14.
Cooler, wetter weather has helped reduce the risk of wildfires across the province and also led to the lifting of a campfire ban for southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. .