As part of the City of Rossland’s FireSmart Program, the City will be completing fuel management work in two locations within the community: at the base of Deer Park Hill and above Columbia-Kootenay Road. The objective of the fuel management project is to reduce hazardous forest fuels and to decrease wildfire risk to the adjacent residents and the community. The project will take place under the guidance of a Registered Professional Forester and according to direction of a Registered Professional Biologist.
Activities include removing hazard trees, thinning small conifers, pruning retained conifers, and removal of woody debris on the ground. Material will be piled and burned.
The project is estimated to start mid-May, or when snow free. The majority of work will be completed during daylight hours (8 am – 4 pm), Monday through Friday. Burning will be limited to days with acceptable venting.
The following impacts to nearby residents and road and trail users should be expected while work is occurring:
- Closures of area and trails. Signage will be posted at entry / access points.
- Crew truck(s) parked at pullouts along Dunn Crescent, Victoria Ave, Davis St, or Columbia Kootenay Rd.
- Crews on foot carrying chainsaws, brush saws, jerry cans, and other forestry equipment.
- Sounds of chainsaws and other similar tree or debris removal / modification equipment.
- Smell of smoke and / or visible smoke.