What is back burning?
The BC Wildfire website says prescribed burns or back burning is done mostly for prevention, usually done by local fire crews to clean the excess fuel on the forest floor which lowers the potential for a catastrophic forest fire.
Chamberlain says even with a forest fire in one of those areas, having less fuel on the forest floor makes it far easier to control.
The 20 year old says it’s usually done with a handheld drip torch which contains a mix of diesel and gasoline which is then ignited by a wick placed at the end of the torch when angled downwards.
He did differentiate when things get on a larger scale, a back burn is essential in an effort to contain them and prevent them from spreading further.