Preemptive work done in the Lillooet area proved effective in June when wildfire struck.

Two fires started on June 30 in the area, but never got very intense, thanks to the fuel reduction efforts of local municipalities, First Nations groups and the B.C. Wildfire Service, according to a release from the B.C. Wildfire Service.

The groups reduced the amount of fuel available to wildfires in the area by thinning, pruning and burning fuel sources.

With photos below, the wildfire service shows how the fires weren’t able to grow due to the preventative efforts.

One photo shows how the fires weren’t able to reach tree tops due to pruning, which keeps the fire low, while another shows the difference perscribed burning can have when a wildfire comes through.