|Volume 1 - Resource Management
Chapter 9 - Fire and Aviation Management
Policy 9.5 - Prescribed Fire
Effective Date: 15-Feb-97
This policy covers the administration and use of prescribed fire. Prescribed fires are controlled fires that burn forest or range fuels to achieve the objectives of land and resource management prescriptions. A prescription is an area analysis of site conditions which prescribes the most suitable treatment based on those conditions and the land management objectives.
Prescribed fire will be used where it is the most suitable ecological site treatment to achieve desired objectives of land and resource management prescriptions (Ministry of Forests Act, s. 4(b)).
The application of prescribed fire must be:
All prescribed burning must comply with (as per Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, s. 76):
All Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks wildlife habitat burning will be governed by the Protocol agreement between the two ministries.
Prescribed burning operations are to be monitored to ensure that site prescription objectives are being met, including assessment of fuel consumption, where appropriate, and that burning operations are carried out in accordance with the burning permit ( Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, s. 76).
In the event of an escape, any resources required over and above the conditions of the burning permit must be approved and confirmed in writing by a Forest Officer daily (Forest Practices Code of British Columbia Act, s. 77, 88, 89).
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