A week ago today a grey cloud of smoke could be seen from across Metro Vancouver.
The question now is what’s next after the 80 hectare blaze?
Eliza Olson with the Burns Bog Conservation Society says the situation offers opportunity for research.
“I know that in some of the cut over bogs that they want to regenerate and I believe this has been done in Quebec as well, they take Sphagnum moss and they chop it up in little pieces and seed it all over the area to get the moss to start growing much more quickly.”
Speaking on the Jill Bennett Show she says there’s some advantage with scientists because “it’s so close to so many universities.”
Olson says fires are common in bogs, as it’s a way to get rid of invasive plants.
“I think there’s great opportunities here to do some research on the best ways to regenerate the bog. Perhaps leave part of it alone and see how it will regenerate and there’s opportunities to remove some of the vegetation.”
The fire caused road closures and the evacuation of a nearby industrial area.