Skeetchestn First Nation wants more prescribed burns to protect from future wildfires – CBC

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Skeetchestn First Nation wants more prescribed burns to protect from future wildfires – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 24, 202130 Views

Sep 24, 2021

Chief Darrel Draney says more prescribed burns could have prevented damage to the land in the First Nation

The chief of Skeetchestn First Nation in B.C. wants provincial agreement to conduct more controlled fires in the off season, in the hopes of thwarting a repeat of this summer’s devastating wildfires.

“We understand fire. If you don’t use fire to protect the land, the fuel stacks up and then you end up with huge fires that do more damage than good,” Chief Darrel Draney told The Current’s Matt Galloway.

Prescribed burns are conducted during the spring and fall, creating breaks to slow or stop wildfires. They used to be common practice, and after being outlawed for a while, are now allowed again — but only on a small scale.

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-sept-17-2021-1.6179504/skeetchestn-first-nation-wants-more-prescribed-burns-to-protect-from-future-wildfires-1.6184063

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