What's the difference?....between fire categories...and other local fire news.

Below is a link to a poster describing the various levels of fire bans put in place when the hot weather begins...  note the writing in red at the bottom.....(fines went up this year.)

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/public-safety-and-emergency-services/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions/bcws_openfireregsposter.pdf

Currently a ban went into effect last Friday for Category 3 fires:

CASTLEGAR-- Effective at noon PDT on Friday, June 3, 2016, Category 3 open fires will be prohibited in the Southeast Fire Centre 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 3, 2016. This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

A map of the affected area is available online at:
http://bit.ly/20RD4QZ


Specifically, this order prohibits:

•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, cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or open fires that are two metres by three metres or smaller. Please ensure that fires are not lit or kept burning during windy conditions and that adequate tools, water and people are on hand to contain the fire. Ensure 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 and Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Please check with civic authorities for any restrictions before lighting a fire.

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.

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, conditions and prohibitions, call 1 888 3-FOREST (1 888 336-7378) or visit:

 

 

And, on Monday June 6 there will be a prescribed burn northeast of Crawford Bay, so if you see smoke, in that area.....please see below:.

BC Timber Sales personnel in conjunction with the BC Wildfire Service will be conducting a prescribed burn Monday, June 6, 2016 weather permitting.

Smoke from this prescribed burn will be visible from the communities of Queens Bay, Balfour, Crawford Bay and from the Kootenay Lake ferry. Trained BC Wildfire Service personnel will carefully monitor the fires at all times.

Crawford Creek burn, 11 kilometres northeast of Crawford Bay:

  • The 11.3-hectare controlled burn near Crawford Creek is part of a fuel reduction prescription to prepare the treatment site for planting.


The goal of this burn is to reduce the amount of dead and combustible material (fuel load), delay the growth of competitive bush and decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfires. This area will be prepared for replanting after the burn project has been completed.

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 or unattended campfire, 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 bcwildfire.ca