Prescribed burns to help restore Cariboo grasslands
April 1, 2014
WILLIAMS LAKE – The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is planning a
series of ecosystem restoration burns west and south of Williams Lake between April 3 and
mid-May 2014, weather conditions permitting.
These prescribed burns are managed under the Ecosystem Restoration Program within the
ministry’s Range Branch and will be conducted with the assistance of staff from the Wildfire
Management Branch’s Cariboo Fire Centre.
Sites within the following areas will be treated to help restore native grassland ecosystems:
• Beecher’s Prairie (Highway 20 at the Toosey turnoff), approximately 80 hectares
• Bald Mountain (south of Riske Creek), approximately 120 hectares
• Deer Creek (Alexis Creek area), approximately 100 hectares
• Crow’s Bar (Fraser River area south of Dog Creek), approximately 1,750 hectares
• Ward Creek (Fraser River area north of Gang Ranch), approximately 400 hectares
These ecosystem restoration burns were originally scheduled to take place in fall 2013, but
they were not completed due to unsuitable burning conditions at the time.
Historically, grasslands in the Cariboo-Chilcotin were renewed through frequent, low-intensity
ground fires. Such fires prevented tree encroachment, rejuvenated understory plants and
maintained more open grasslands and forests with large trees. The reintroduction of managed,
low-intensity ground fires to these grasslands is intended to restore and maintain the
traditional grassland plant communities that are native to these areas.
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource
Cariboo Fire Centre
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These fires are part of an ongoing ecosystem restoration program administered by the
provincial government in consultation with First Nations, local ranchers, the B.C. Wildlife
Federation and the Cariboo-Chilcotin Conservation Society.