There will be some controlled burning today. The B.C. Forest Service and area fire departments are concerned about wildfires this spring and summer. (Morning Star file photo)

Expect to see smoke through the rain today

The Central Okanagan is back to some controlled burning in the Black Mountain area

With good air quality and venting conditions today — April 26 — the Regional District of Central Okanagan says that a controlled burn is underway in a portion of Black Mountain / sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park.

When weather conditions are favourable, fire hazard debris collected as part of a five-hectare fuel modification project in the park is being burned.

The park located on the east slopes just outside Kelowna is closed to the public. The fuel management work is part of the ongoing effort to prepare it for future access.

Today’s burning has been authorized with appropriate permits for fire fuel hazard reduction, said Bruce Smith of the Central Okanagan Regional District.

All local fire departments and local media have been advised of today’s activity in the park and will be notified when further burning takes place.

Open burning is allowed today for those eligible Central Okanagan property owners with permits from their local fire authority.

For more information visit the Regional District Parks Services webpage, email or call 250-469-6232.

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