Sechelt, BC – The Sechelt Fire Department notified the District of Sechelt that the property owner of Private Managed Forest 503 in Sandy Hook intends to dispose of the slash piles from his logging operations by open air burning. The contractor who will be conducting the controlled burns informed District staff that he will begin burning test piles when the air venting index reaches the optimal level, which could happen in the next few days. The property owner intends to burn 120 to 160 slash piles from now until the end of 2019.
As a Private Managed Forest, this property is under the jurisdiction of the provincial Private Managed Forest Council and is exempt from our District of Sechelt Open Air Burning Bylaw No. 486, 2012, per Private Managed Forest Land Regulations.
PRIVATE MANAGED FOREST LAND REGULATION
(2) For the purpose of section 21 (1) of the Act, "forest management activity" means an activity, process or use, including structures and facilities that support the activity, process or use, that is described in Schedule A and that is related to or carried out for the production or harvesting of forest resources on or from the owner's private managed forest lands, for as long as the land is classified under the Assessment Act as managed forest land.
Schedule A – Forest Management Activities
- Forest management activities include the following
(h) slash and prescribed burning
Please contact the Managed Forest Council with any questions or concerns about Private Managed Forest 503:
Phil O’Connor, RPF
Managed Forest Council
W: 250-386-5737 C: 250-812-9001
Call 911 or the Sechelt Fire Department (604-740-2595) immediately to report any fire safety concerns at any time.