weather reports......for here....this weekend:

A word from Enviro Canada:

Special weather statement in effect for:

Windy weekend across the BC Interior.

The ridge of high pressure that has been dominating the weather over southern BC will give way to a cold front on Saturday. Widespread winds of 20 to 50 km/h are expected beginning Saturday afternoon over the central and southern interior. The strong winds will push into the Kootenays by early Sunday morning. Local winds gusts up to 70 km/h are possible through some interior valleys and canyons.

The only rain accompanying the front is expected north of the Cariboo region. There is also the risk of lightning over the central and northern Interior as well as over the Kootenays and Columbias. Temperatures will drop by 6 to 8 degrees in the wake of the front Sunday. Unfortunately, significant rain continues to elude the southern half of the province for the foreseeable future.

According to the BC Wildfire Service, this forecast weather has to the potential to challenge their efforts to contain the many large wildfires currently burning across southern B.C., and could cause growth on a number of these incidents.

Please consult your local forecasts for detailed information.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.tempetepacifique-pacificstorm.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.

.... and just in case you need more details on the weather for this weekend:

 

For Immediate Release
2017FLNR0167-001314
July 14, 2017

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Dry lightning in the forecast for southeast B.C.

CASTLEGAR - With dry lightning and gusty winds in the weather forecast, the BC Wildfire Service is encouraging people to be extremely cautious and remain vigilant when out in the backcountry to avoid sparking human-caused wildfires.

The Southeast Fire Centre is currently experiencing very dry conditions and elevated fire danger ratings. The fire danger rating is "high" to "extreme" throughout the region.

The Southeast Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its support and understanding throughout this busy and challenging fire season, and for continuing to report wildfires and open burning violations to the Wildfire Reporting Hotline at 1 800 663-5555 (toll-free) or *5555 on a cellphone.

For information on air quality, as well as smoke forecasts for Western Canada, visit the BC Air Quality website: www.bcairquality.ca/bluesky/west/index.html

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit www.bcwildfire.ca


Contact:

Karlie Shaughnessy
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 365-4014


Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Category 2 open fires prohibited in South East.

 

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Category 2 open fires to be prohibited in Southeast

CASTLEGAR - Effective at noon Pacific Time on Monday, July 3, 2017, Category 2 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This Category 2 prohibition is in addition to the Category 3 open fire prohibition that came into effect in the Southeast Fire Centre on June 15, 2017. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs

Anyone intending to conduct a Category 2 open fire anywhere in the Southeast Fire Centre must extinguish it by 12 noon on July 3, 2017. This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

Specifically, prohibited Category 2 and Category 3 activities will include:

* the burning of any waste, slash or other materials

* stubble or grass fires of any size over any area

* the use of fireworks, sky lanterns and burning barrels

* burning cages or air curtain burners

* binary exploding targets (e.g. for target practice)

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

A map of the areas affected by the Category 2 and Category 3 open fire prohibitions is available online at: http://ow.ly/eHjD30d8mcP

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. It includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

Campfires are currently allowed in the Southeast Fire Centre, but anyone lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the campfire area and must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish the fire.

A campfire should not be lit or kept burning in windy conditions, and it should never be left unattended. Make sure the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

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:

Contacts:

Karlie Shaughnessy

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4014

 

Carlee Kachman

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4056

 

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

 

Notice from the SE Fire Centre

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Southeast Fire Centre urges caution with open burning

CASTLEGAR - The BC Wildfire Service is reminding the public that a Category 3 fire prohibition is in place throughout the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction. As weather conditions get drier and hotter, people are urged to use extreme caution while conducting any outdoor burning activities.

Almost all wildfires in the region at this time of year are caused by people. Human-caused wildfires are completely preventable and can divert crucial firefighting resources away from naturally occurring wildfires.

As temperatures rise, fine fuels on the forest floor (such as tree needles and wood debris) become highly flammable. Since April 1, 2017, 18 wildfires have burned 38 hectares in the Southeast Fire Centre. Six of those fires were sparked by lightning while the remaining 12 were human-caused. By the same time last year, 37 wildfires had burned 312 hectares.

A map of the area affected by the current Category 3 prohibition is available online at: http://ow.ly/Q7S430ct2C0

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs

Anyone wishing to light an allowable open fire must watch for changing weather, follow all burning regulations and take the following precautions:

* Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.

* Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.

* Create a fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.

* Never leave a fire unattended.

* Make sure that your fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area for any length of time.

Before conducting a burn, check with your local fire department and local government to find out if any other open burning restrictions or bylaws are in effect.

It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that they are burning in a safe and responsible manner and in accordance with current restrictions. Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

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 at http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo 

* Facebook at http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

 

Category 3 fires to be prohibited in South East BC

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations BC Wildfire Service

 

 

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Category 3 fires to be prohibited in southeast B.C.

CASTLEGAR - Effective at noon (Pacific Time) on Thursday, June 15, 2017, Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

Anyone conducting a Category 3 open fire anywhere in the Southeast Fire Centre must extinguish any such fire by noon on June 15, 2017. This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

A map of the affected area is available online at: http://ow.ly/Q7S430ct2C0

Specifically, prohibited activities include:

* the burning of any material (piled or un-piled) larger than two metres high or three metres wide

* stubble or grass fires over an area larger than 2,000 square metres

* the burning of more than two piles of any size

 

This prohibition does not apply to: campfires that are smaller than a half-metre wide by a half-metre wide; cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes; or open fires that are two metres by three metres or smaller. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

 

Please ensure that any allowable fire (a Category 2 fire or campfire) is not lit or kept burning during windy conditions and that sufficient tools, water and people are on hand to contain the fire. Make sure that the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

 

This prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Please check with local government authorities to see if any other burning restrictions or bylaws are in effect.

 

The Southeast Fire Centre covers the area extending from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. It includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

 

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 at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

 

Contacts:

Karlie Shaughnessy                                                                        

Fire Information Officer                                                               

BC Wildfire Service                                                                         

Southeast Fire Centre                                                                   

250 365-4014

Report Wildfires: 1 800 663-5555 or *5555

 

 

 

 

 

More high water news from Fortis to local residents...

 

Dear Customer, 

 

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.

 

FortisBC Electricity

1290 Esplanade, Trail, BC  V1R 4L4

Tel:  1-866-436-7847

Fax: 1-866-540-6732

Prescribed burn in Hope Creek...visible from Highway 31.

INFORMATION BULLETIN
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
 
Learn More:
 
A factsheet about prescribed burns and ecosystem restoration burns is available online: http://ow.ly/E8Ue30br7OY
 
Contacts:
 
Karlie Shaughnessy
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 365-4014
 
Carlee Kachman
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 365-4056
 
 
Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect