A controlled burn will be taking place above the Hamel subdivision Friday, Jan. 4. Ronan O’Doherty/Black Press file photo

Controlled burn being conducted above Hamel subdivision Friday

Burns to reduce fuel load in the city and decrease risk of future wildfires

Williams Lake and area residents shouldn’t be alarmed to see smoke rising from the south end of the city Friday morning, Jan. 4.

Williams Lake Fire Chief Erick Peterson said there will be controlled burning above Hamel Road beginning at about 8:45 a.m.

The venting index is good for burning today and winds are expected to be low, he noted.

This will be the second controlled burn within the city in the past few months. The work is intended to decrease the fuel load in residential areas to reduce the risk of future wildfires.

Read More: City takes steps to reduce fuel load in Williams Lake subdivisions

At the end of November, a large controlled burn below the Westridge subdivision raised some eyebrows due to the size of the fire, the strong winds and dry weather.

Peterson said the controlled burns are a positive and necessary step, and that both the Williams Lake Fire Department and Cariboo Fire Centre are working with developers and private land owners to ensure it is done safely and effectively.

Read More: Controlled slash burning being conducted below Westridge to wrap up this afternoon

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