A Western News reader sent this photo of flames above Naramata, but Fire Chief Tony Trovao says forestry companies are conducting end-of-year slash burns in that area. Submitted photo

Slash burns above Naramata

The burns were running for Monday and Tuesday in three separate zones

With colder weather comes a safe time for forestry companies to burn off excess wood left in the area.

That includes Naramata, which had two days of slash burns early this week, according to Fire Chief Tony Trovao, following reports of flames in the hills above the Naramata Bench.

The area got three burns, including one near Arawana Road, one near Chute Lake and another above Randolph Road.

Trovao said he wasn’t aware of any others expected to happen in his area, but noted there was another burn across the lake near Peachland.

“It’s that time of year. People that are finishing off their logging areas, they just clean up all the stumps and garbage and all that kind of stuff,” he said. “Garbage in the sense of ugly wood, or chunks of wood.”

Though it’s intended to clean up the area, Trovao said it brings the added benefit of reducing fuel for potential forest fires the following year.

“It kind of works good all the way around.”

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