Prince Rupert Port Authority explains smoke from near Tuck Inlet

Residents looking toward Tuck Inlet last week would have seen a fair amount of smoke coming over the hillside.

Residents looking toward Tuck Inlet last week would have seen a fair amount of smoke coming over the hillside.

The reason for the smoke was a burn being undertaken by the Harbour Debris Society, a non-profit group that looks after keeping the harbour clean.

“They tow up driftwood from around the harbour and the mouth of the Skeena, including abandoned boats…There was quite a bit of debris,” explained Michael Gurney of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

“The permit from the BC Government was to expire Friday but was extended 72 hours to Monday because they had trouble getting the fire started.”

And while some in town pointed to the burning of old rail ties as the cause for the smoke, Gurney said he traveled to the site and can personally vouch that was not the case.

“There was no creosote soaked lumber being burned. I checked it out because I was getting inquiries as well,” he said.