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Wildfire mitigation underway through winter in Radium area

Wildfire mitigation work is starting in the Radium Hot Springs area this month and will wrap up in March.

Crews will be selectively removing and limbing vegetation on the hillside behind the Radium Hot Springs Aquacourt.

Parks Canada officials said decades of fire suppression have created dense forests with significant amounts of woody debris throughout Kootenay National Park.

The build-up of fuel means a greater risk of wildfires in the area.

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Smoke and flames will be visible to motorists and residents.

They said chainsaw noise will also be noticeable while soaking in the hot spring, but crews will be doing work mid-week when the resort is less busy.

 

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