Fuel break planned for Pilot Mountain

Local wildfire crews are to begin work this fall on creating a fuel break around the radio towers on Pilot Mountain.

The work will consist of removing hazardous trees and flammable shrubs, thinning out smaller trees and some mature trees, pruning low-hanging branches to prevent fire from moving into tree tops and piling and burning woody debris and other material from the forest floor.

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"This project will create a critical fuel break around emergency communication infrastructure

such as fire repeaters, which are used to enhance radio communications for firefighters in

areas with poor coverage," the B.C. Wildfire Service said in a statement.

"Other factors such as the long-term health and resiliency of the forests and recreational use, were all considered when planning for this project."

The work will be carried out when crews are not busy suppressing wildfires or undergoing training and the project is expected to last three years. The Pilot Mountain Road may be temporarily closed for public safety.

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