The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rocky
Mountain Trench Ecosystem Restoration Program partners will conduct an ecosystem
restoration burn in the Lakit Ridge area on April 1, 2016, weather permitting.
Lakit Ridge is about four kilometres northeast of Fort Steele.
Smoke from this controlled burn will be visible from the communities of Cranbrook, Kimberley, Fort Steele and surrounding areas.
Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will carefully monitor
the fire at all times.
The 110-hectare controlled burn on Lakit Ridge will take place next to the
Brewery Ridge burn that occurred in spring 2014.
Prescribed fires such as these help maintain wildlife habitat and will
specifically benefit Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep.
Fire is a natural process in many ecosystems and is beneficial for maintaining a healthy
forest and a diversity of plant and animal life. Many plants and animals have adapted to fire
and some actually depend on it to reproduce. Much of the Rocky Mountain Trench is a fire-maintained ecosystem.
Prescribed burns also help create landscape-level fuel breaks, reduce accumulations of
forest fuels, mitigate the severity of future wildfires, and decrease wildfire risks for
All prescribed fire must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the open
burning smoke control regulation. This helps minimize the amount of smoke generated.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca