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!...
Mostly when considering what "an emergency" is, it doesnt involve encounters with wildlife.
But if you have ever had a close encounter with a bear...you know that at any point if you don't do the right thing, it could become an emergency quickly. The link below to basics on avoiding encounters or problems with bears, comes courtesy of Bearsmart- practical information with explanations that can help keep you safe. Here inthe West Kootenay, it is very apppropriate, particularly this year. (!).
Effective at noon Pacific Time on Sept. 9, 2016,
Category 2 open fires will once again be permitted in the Columbia, Arrow and Kootenay Lake fire zones of the Southeast Fire Centre, due to a decreased risk of wildfire in those areas.
However, the Category 2 prohibition will remain in effect in the Boundary, Cranbrook and
Invermere fire zones, since warmer temperatures and windy conditions are expected in those
Category 3 open fires are still prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.
A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://ow.ly/7UzJ3043TLu
Category 2 burning allows for up to two concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres
high by three metres wide, or the burning of stubble or grass over an area of less than 0.2
hectares. Category 2 open burning also allows for the use of fireworks, burn barrels, exploding
binary targets and sky lanterns.
To learn more about open burning categories, fire bans and fire restrictions, please visit:
The BC Wildfire Service is asking people to take the following precautions with any permitted
Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and to
prevent it escaping.
Do not burn in windy conditions. The weather 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 fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before
you leave the area for any length of time.
In British Columbia, the Wildfire Act specifies a persons legal obligations when using open fire on or within one kilometre of forest land or grassland.
Anyone who lights, fuels or uses a Category 2 or Category 3 open fire must comply with the
Environmental Management Act and the Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. They also
must check local venting conditions before conducting an open burn. If conditions are rated
pooror fairopen burning is restricted.
The venting index can be found at:
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource
BC Wildfire Service
Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
From the Central Kootenay Invasive species society, comes this news about certain species of plants in our area and how they can increase the wildfire risk...and what you can do about it: