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Forest Fire Mitigation
Posted Date: 11/28/2012

For Immediate Release: From the Regional District of Central Okanagan
November 28, 2012

Rose Valley Regional Park Fuel Modification Disposal

Over the fall and winter months a large fuel modification project in Rose Valley Regional Park will be completed.

When adequate snow cover exists and both air quality and venting conditions are favourable, the Regional District of Central Okanagan will burn collected piles of wood debris in a four hectare portion of the park (see map). This work has received West Kelowna Fire Rescue's approval and will be conducted in accordance with air quality and open burning regulations.

Prior to any decision to proceed with burning on a particular day, local fire authorities and media will be advised as will officials at Rose Valley Elementary School.

This more densely forested section of the park is in steeper terrain above West Kelowna Road and has been closed since the spring when the debris piles could no longer be safely burned. This work completes a large fuel-modification and fire hazard reduction project that began in the fall of 2011 covering approximately 50-hectares of the Crown land tenure of the park between the Rose Valley Properties subdivision, Westlake Road, Rose Valley Elementary, West Kelowna Road and McPhail Court.

Once the wood disposal is complete, this section of the park will reopen for visitors.

Throughout the winter months, Regional Parks Services staff will be brushing, thinning and tree falling as part of the initial phase of the Trails to Health project throughout Rose Valley Regional Park. Trails through work areas may be temporarily closed. Where it is accessible for equipment, collected debris will be chipped. However, in areas where equipment is not able to reach, some debris pile burning will be conducted when open burning is allowed in the region.

Residents are also advised that during the winter months, when open burning is allowed, the BC Wildfire Management Branch will be burning collected debris piles in a two-hectare portion of the park above Bear Creek Road off Bowes and Pettman Roads. Its crews removed hazard trees and brushing earlier this year as part of a larger, ten-hectare multi-year fuel modification project.

For more information visit the Regional District Parks Services webpage www.regionaldistrict.com/parks, email parks@cord.bc.ca or call 250-469-6232.