Thanks to Barbara Birch , member of one of the Emergency Social Servcies teams from the north Okanagan area for this link. Avoid delays with a tie in to the drivebc.com map that shows all routes that are currently closed or showing delays. With all the flooding potential at this time, it's always good to have less surprises when you travel.
FortisBC is advising local residents that Kootenay Lake levels are expected to exceed 1752 ft. at Queen's Bay by the end of May, and, depending on weather conditions, may reach up to 1754 ft. under the worst inflow scenario. There is a risk of flooding in some areas. In 2012, Kootenay Lake peaked at 1753.87 feet on July 3.
Please be advised that during this time, lake levels are predominately driven by natural inflows as a result of melting snow pack and precipitation, and the natural outflow constriction at Grohman narrows. In order to help mitigate peak lake levels, FortisBC has been operating the Kootenay River system at the maximum discharge since early March and will continue to do so until after the lake peaks.
For information on Kootenay Lake levels, flood safety or current and forecast levels, visithttps://www.fortisbc.com/Electricity/CustomerService/KootenayLakeLevels/Pages/default.aspx or call 1-866-436-7847 Monday to Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
For information on emergency flood preparedness, contact your local authorities or visit the Emergency Management BC website at pep.bc.ca.
1290 Esplanade, Trail, BC V1R 4L4
Prescribed burn to be visible from Highway 31
CASTLEGAR - BC Wildfire Service personnel will be conducting a prescribed burn in the Hope Creek area (30 kilometres north of Meadow Creek) during the month of May, weather and site conditions permitting.
Smoke from this 30-hectare controlled burn will be visible from Highway 31 between Poplar Creek and Trout Lake. Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will carefully monitor the fire at all times.
The goal of this burn is to reduce the amount of dead and combustible material (forest fuels), delay the growth of competing vegetation and decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the area. After the burn project has been completed, the site will be prepared for tree planting.
All prescribed burns must comply with the Environmental Management Act and the open burning smoke control regulation. This helps minimize the amount of smoke generated.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca
You can also follow the latest wildfire news:
* On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
* On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo
A factsheet about prescribed burns and ecosystem restoration burns is available online: http://ow.ly/E8Ue30br7OY
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect
Very good article about awareness of ticks if you are out in the woods. This is aimed at SAR groups, but is of benefit to anyone who is in the outdoors this time of year...
Lardeau Fire Prevention Association
“Fire safety begins at home”
Spring Fire Safety Tips!
In your House
· Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, change batteries immediately if needed. “remember…it’s a sound you can live with”
· Check your fire extinguishers.
· Check for overloaded or damaged extension cords, replace where needed.
· Ensure you have an emergency preparedness kit in case of incidents such as power outages and flooding.
· Practice your families fire escape plan so everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency
· Windows should be checked to ensure they open and close properly, in case they are needed as an exit.
· Properly store household chemicals and never mix cleaning agents.
· Recycle: Get rid of old newspapers, magazines and junk mail. These items tend to pile up and can greatly contribute to the severity and spread of fire.
· Check and clean filters above stove.
· Pull refrigerator out and vacuum or dust the coils.
· Always keep stairs and landings clear for safe evacuation in event of an emergency.
Around the house
· Make sure your address numbers are up and visible from the street.
· Maintain a clear 'fire zone' of 10 feet around structures.
· Check outdoor electrical outlets and other electrical appliances for animal nests and to ensure proper wiring.
· Keep 100' of garden hose with an attached nozzle connected and ready for use.
· Remove leaves and trash from carports and garages: Combustible materials are dangerous if they are exposed to heated automobile components, especially under the vehicle.
· Clean up and properly store paints, pool and yard chemicals.
· Check fuels containers for leaks and make sure they are properly stored.
· Let power equipment sit for approximately 30 minutes before placing it inside to be sure there is no possibility of fire.
Zwicky Road, Kaslo Landslide - Geotechnical Assessment Continues
April 20, 2017
For Immediate Release
The Regional District of Central Kootenay has received a report from geotechnical engineers regarding the Zwicky Road, Kaslo Landslide. At this time the evacuation order for six homes below the slide remains in place.
The RDCK will review the report and will accompany geotechnical engineers while they continue to assess the slide tomorrow and Saturday. The RDCK will keep the public updated as more information becomes available.
Residents are reminded that therewill be a public meeting held in Kaslo on Monday April 24th at 6pm to update residents on the landslide. The meeting will be held at the Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion Hall, located at 403 5th Street in Kaslo.
Residents can contact the Emergency Operations Centre Reception for more information at1-866-522-7701 or 250-352-7701.
Even if you have not directly been affected (or so you may think) by a traumatic event, everything makes an impression; on some more than on others. Below is a link to a set of steps to build up your nervous system, to make it moreresilient, following traumatic events.
The long awaited Kaslo Search and Rescue boat has arrived! Launched Dec 10, at Kaslo Bay Park with much appreciation and thanks for the KSAR team and to all the sponsors and funders who helped bring this valuable resource to our area.
This is an amazing resource to have at our disposal. Enormous thanks and kudos to the Kaslo Search and Rescue team for working so hard to get this boat, that has been designed to work well in this part of the world...come by and check it out...
Please join the Kaslo Search and Rescue team on Saturday December 10, 2016 at Kaslo Bay Park to welcome the new KSAR boat. Refreshments and a welcoming , and possibly boat rides too.... from 11-3 . See you there!
Fire Prevention Week- "Don't Wait - Check The Date!" - Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years
And don't miss out on visiting the Kaslo Volunteer Fire Department open house next Tuesday October 11:
Be a firefighter for a night! Gear up and see what it takes to fill our boots!...