As early as next week, expect to see smoke above the Bench in Merritt.
Merritt Fire Rescue Department Chief David Tomkinson says BC Wildfire crews will be assisting local firefighters with a fuel management project to address priority issues in the city's northwest sector identified in the Community Wildfire Prevention Plan (CWPP).
"There was a treatment in that area during the pine beetle epidemic, but now we are in a maintenance phase. Crews form the BC Wildfire will lend assistance as we look to remove some of the fuels above the 'Bench' area."
Crews will be working to prune ladder fuels, pile and burn wood debris where fuels are excessive, and also take care of hazards related to dead and dangerous trees.
Burning will only take place on days with appropriate venting, to minimize the impacts of the resulting smoke.