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
 

Fire Safety Tips...for springtime in the LV...

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.

 

For more information about fire safety, contact any member of the Lardeau Fire Prevention Association or email rgirard@lardeauvalley.com or macmar@lardeauvalley.com

 

 

Update on Kaslo Landslide Monday at 6pm...

 

Zwicky Road, Kaslo Landslide - Geotechnical Assessment Continues

April 20, 2017

Nelson, BC

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.

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Launched!

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.

The unveiling....

The unveiling....

Kaslo Search and Rescue team with new SAR boat.

Kaslo Search and Rescue team with new SAR boat.

Launched!

Launched!