Report on McKian Creek fire, etc.

An update from BC Wildfire on McKian Creek wildfire:

The McKian Creek wildfire is currently estimated at 380 hectares in size and is not currently threatening communities or structures. It is receiving a modified response, which means it is being monitored and managed by Wildfire crews. The fire is burning at high elevation and in the coming days it is possible smoke and debris may be experienced in the Cooper Creek, Meadow Creek, Argenta, Lardeau, and surrounding areas based on forecasted wind direction.

For more information, please visit or visit the Interactive Wildfire Map…/MapSer…/index.html…

From Director Watson- info re: Duncan Dam


Those who attended the Columbia River Treaty meeting and are interested in the topics of Duncan Dam        

(and even those who didnt attend but may be interested:)

a) if it was decommisioned
b) if it had power generation
Can find information in the following document which contains a high level assessment.…/High-Level-Description-and-Evalu…

Circle of Security

Circle of Security is an 8-week program offering the opportunity to discover and meet the needs of your unique children.  Starting Sept 20th in Kaslo.

** At times, all Parents feel lost about what their children need…
The Circle of Security® can help!
The Circle of Security® is a research based program offering parents the opportunity to discover and meet the needs of their unique children.
This 8-week program helps parents and caregivers of children from birth to 12:
* Understand their children’s behaviors & discover their genuine relationship needs
* Learn how to be a bigger, stronger, wiser and kinder parent/caregiver

For more information on the program, please call Tashia at 250 505 2498

DATES:  Thursdays September 20^th to November 8th (8 weeks)
TIMES:  12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
LOCATION:  Homelinks and Strongstart rooms- J.V. Humphries
Childcare will be available onsite for children aged 1-6(babies under 1 can stay with parent during the group)

* Call 250 505 2498
* or email:

Offered in partnership with Kaslo Early Childhood Coalition

July 26: Campfire ban in the SE Fire Centre.

For Immediate Release

July 24, 2018


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


Campfires to be prohibited throughout the Southeast

CASTLEGAR – Effective at noon Pacific time on Thursday, July 26, 2018, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

The Southeast Fire Centre is currently experiencing hot and dry conditions. The fire danger rating is “moderate” in some areas, with larger areas rated “high” and “extreme”. Forest fuels are drying out quickly, and hot weather and dry lightning are in the forecast. It is crucial to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires, so the BC Wildfire Service can deal with any naturally occurring fires that start in the region.

This prohibition applies to all public and private land unless specified otherwise – for example, in a local government bylaw. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

The following activities are also prohibited:

* the use of outdoor stoves and portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved

* the use of chimneas, air curtain burners, sky lanterns, fireworks, firecrackers, burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description

* the use of tiki torches and similar kinds of torches

* the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

These prohibitions do not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

Prohibitions on larger Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain in effect throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.

To learn about the differences between campfires, Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires, visit:

Review the open fire regulations poster at:

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.

A map of the area affected by these prohibitions is available online at:

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.

Report a wildfire or open burning violation by calling 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, go to:


Carlee Kachman

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4056


Ashley Davidoff

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4014