Survey….from the Young Agrarians..

From  the new Columbia Basin Young Agrarians Coordinator who  will be organizing farm related events across the Kootenays:

” I want the events to be meaningful and relevant so I have created a survey to see what type of events farm folk are interested in attending in their area.

The survey is here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSeEiaz-Jq0Sa28IU0…/viewform
Thank you for your great ideas and feedback!”

 

 

 

Category 2 Burning Ban begins July 6.

Category 2 Burning Ban begins Friday July 6th:

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

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Category 2 open burns to be prohibited in Southeast

CASTLEGAR – Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Friday, July 6, 2018, Category 2 open burning will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

This is in addition to the Category 3 open burning prohibition that was put in place on June 8, 2018. Both prohibitions will remain in place until further notice.

A Category 2 open burning prohibition does not allow:

* the burning of any material (piled or unpiled) larger than a campfire (i.e. no larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high)

* the burning of stubble or grass over an area smaller than 0.2 hectares

* the use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description

* the use of air curtain burners

* the use of sky lanterns

* the use of fireworks including firecrackers

* the use of binary exploding targets

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires and protect public safety. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

Anyone conducting a Category 2 open burn anywhere within the Southeast Fire Centre must extinguish any such fire by the deadline. A map indicating the areas affected by this prohibition is available online at: http://ow.ly/vGDO30kMM7o

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.

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

Campfires should not be lit or kept burning during windy conditions. Anyone who lights a campfire must ensure that sufficient water, tools and people are on hand to contain it. 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.

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.

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, unattended campfire 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: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news:

* On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

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

Contacts:

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

Come Join us on July 12 – Community Consultation

July 12 at 6pm at the Seniors Hall, Kaslo.

Main Topic:

Community based tenures in the Wildland Urban Interface

 

Photo: Kaslo Fire of 1894 – BC Archives

Fire has been on our minds since last summer’s catastrophic events, which thankfully spared much of Kaslo and Area D. July will be a good month to discuss the message we received from our government and leading wildfire specialist during the Wildfire and Climate Change Conference in Nelson on June 26 to 28. We will also discuss the direction of the BC Community Forest Association in what role Community Forests can play in fire proofing our community.
Come and meet with us and guest speaker Susan Mulkey from the BCCFA as well as John Cathro, the co-author of the new Kaslo and Area D Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Community forests offer a proven way forward. Given the successes of BC’s 56 community forests to date, and the ability of the community forest model to achieve multiple, complimentary goals, the BC Community Forest Association (BCCFA) is proposing an expansion of the community forest program, for both new and existing community forests, primarily in the wildland urban interface (WUI).
The KDCFS has been successful in securing a Forest Enhancement Society (FES) grant towards the development of a Landscape Level Wildfire Protection Plan within our license area. We have started to collect input from other stakeholders and hope to complete the Report by the spring/summer of 2019.
You can find out more about LLWPPs from the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo) who have done excellent work towards fire proofing communities in the Slocan Valley since 2008 and are one of the main organizers of the Wildfire and Climate Change Conference in Nelson.
                   http://www.kaslocommunityforest.org/

WEST KOOTENAY PLEASE SHARE:

June 29 2018

Hello Nelson Fentanyl Task Force Members,

This is an urgent notice for all members to be shared.
Yesterday, at the Overdose Prevention Site at ANKORS, staff tested cocaine and found it to be cross contaminated with fentanyl.
Please share widely with you networks and on social media sites.

Thank you,
Amanda Erickson
Nelson Fentanyl Task Force Facilitator