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Effective July 29, 2009 and until further notice an open fire burning restriction is in effect on Nisga'a Lands. The current fire hazard is high and is expected to go to extreme in the coming days. This means no fires are permitted unless under the authority of municipal bylaws.
An official notification of this ban is attached to this posting.
To view the fire hazard throughout the province please use the following link.
The British Columbia Forest Service is currently accepting applications from qualified people interested in emergency fire fighter opportunities. Training will be provided for accepted applicants.
Anyone over the age of 18 is able to apply for firefighting work. This program is focused on providing unemployed forest workers with an opportunity to upgrade their skills and -- potentially – earn some additional income if the need arises for during the fire season.
A complete information package and application is attached.
You may have noticed the red dying pine trees along the Lava beds this spring and summer. Don't be fooled; these are not Mountain Pine Beetle infected trees. The culprit is the Dothistroma Needle Rust, a forest pathogen currently causing problems throughout the NW part of the province on Pine plantations. The needle rust thrives during wet periods, especially when overtopped by other trees. On Nisga'a Lands approximately 1000 hectares is currently at risk because of this disease.
The fire hazard in the northern portions of Nisga'a Lands is high and moderate elsewhere. If you plan to go out and enjoy the forest or any recreation sites please exercise caution. Camp fires and discarded cigarettes will easily ignite surrounding grasses, branches and other small debris.
If you see smoke or flames, please report it by calling toll free 1‑800‑663‑5555.
The Director of Lands and Resources is inviting comments of the proposed Forest Development Plan for New Aiyansh Village Lands.