P.A. drainage channel part of controlled burn

By Glenn Hicks
May 17, 2018 - 2:30pm

Don't be alarmed if you see smoke coming from the drainage channel in Prince Albert over the next week. The city and fire department are working on a controlled burn of the area that will likely continue through early next week.

“We’re burning off the dry brush and also dealing with Himalayan Balsam that’s coming up the next few months,” Parks Manager Tim Yeaman told paNOW. He said the burn will reduce the fire danger and help combat the invasive species.

The city has embarked on the Himalayan Balsam project to eradicate the non-native species. Himalayan Balsam is popular because of its appearance but grows at a fierce rate, is winter-resistant, and snuffs out other indigenous plants. He said researchers have identified the drainage channel as one of the key zones in the city where it grows.

As for the controlled burn, Yeaman said the work between Mussy Dr. and Sixth Ave. W. will happen between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. The burning will resume Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, weather permitting.

“We’ve got our fire department on the scene," Yeaman said. "They’re the professionals, so we’re leaving that up to them."


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