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Province to conduct two prescribed burns

Two prescribed burns will take place this spring west of Fort Macleod.
Alberta Sustainable Resource Development advised Fort Macleod council of burns in the Lyndon Creek and Willow Creek areas.
“By mimicking wildfire in a controlled manner, these projects will support the long-term sustainability of the rangeland,” wrote Morgan Kehr, forestry program manager for Sustainable Resource Development.
The Lyndon Creek burn will cover 350 hectares in the northeast portion of the Porcupine Hills, adjacent to the Flying E Ranch.
Kehr told council in a letter about 80 hectares have been added to the area burned in the 2008 Flying E Ranch prescribed burn.
The Willow Creek burn will cover 3,387 hectares at the northern end of Chain Lakes.
Kehr told council about 20,000 hectares will be burned over several years in the Willow Creek area 28 kilometres south of Longview on Highway 22.
“Reviews of potential impacts on wildlife and plant communities have been completed to ensure other natural values in the area have been identified and are included in planning,” Kehr noted.
Kehr advised council smoke will be visible and may settle into nearby valleys overnight and in the early morning.
“Every effort will be made to minimize smoke impacts, by choosing the best atmospheric conditions for burning,” Kehr added. “Local health organizations and residents who identify themselves to us as smoke-sensitive will be contacted prior to burning.”
Sustainable Resource Development staff will be at the provincial building in Claresholm from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 23 to answer questions.
People can request a recorded update by calling 1-866-916-4636 or an e-mail update at or by calling 1-403-297-8850.

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