People living southeast of Grande Prairie may notice smoke in the air over the next few weeks. The County is coming close to wrapping up its wildfire mitigation work on crown land southeast of the city.
Work first started around September 26th, when crews began removing deadfall and older spruce trees which fuel wildfires.
Any usable logs cut from the spruce trees have been sent to Canfor to be used for lumber. They are now ready to start burning the leftover debris. County Community Services Director Dan Lemieux says this is done to cut down on the risk of local wildfires.
“The County’s FireSmart initiatives are a proactive approach to minimizing the potential for wildfire in more populated areas and higher risk areas.”
FireSmart was originally expected to wrap up in early December. The burning marks the end of the project.