Wildland Urban Interface in Community Forest Tenures – Fire Protection Planning in Kaslo – Fire Protection Collaboration

Presented by the Kaslo and District Community Forest:

July 12, 2018
Kaslo Senior’s Hall



(KDCFS Management – 10 min.)

Presentations (45 min)

Community Forests: Role in the Wildland Urban Interface from the perspective of the British Columbia Community Forest Association
(Susan Mulkey, BCCFA Manager of Extension and Communication – 15 min)

The Community Wildfire Protection Plan and an Overview of current politics, funding agencies and the Roles of the Local Stakeholders
(John Cathro, RPF, Co-author of the Kaslo and Area D CWPP and Nora Hannon, Wildfire Mitigation Supervisor, RDCK – 20 min)

Wildfire First Responders – Isolated communities
(Rik Valentine, representing the Argenta Emergency Preparedness Group (AEPG) – 10 min)

Invited panel guests: Douglas Yee, Fire Chief Kaslo Fire Dept,
Rob Mitchell, Forest Fuel Management Specialist, First Nations Emergency Services Society

Questions and Discussion

Category 2 Burning Ban begins July 6.

Category 2 Burning Ban begins Friday July 6th:

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


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


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.

Wildfire & Climate Change conference notes.

From Director Watson:

This week I attended the Wildfire & Climate Change conference in Nelson. The Kaslo and District Community Forest  sums it up well – (see bottom of this post), but  I will add two outcomes from my perspective:

First- we recognize that the historical way of managing forests has caused a ripe environment for massive fires. This conference brought to my attention that we do need to manage our forests, how is the debate. As in farming, mono-cropping and reducing diversity are two of the primary culprits in our current situation. Managing forests into the future needs to focus on integrating biological diversity with various forms of fuel breaks, akin to taking a permaculture approach to forest management. While forest management is not a local government service, understanding how to reduce the risk from a Wildfire and Emergency Services perspective is essential in how we design fuel prescriptions.

Second- Area D has several high priority areas I will be focusing on, Argenta/Johnsons Landing being one. I was grateful to see several community champions from these communities in the audience, engaging and planning. Fuel prescriptions that have recieved successful funding for the upcoming season are:
Glacier Creek
Kaslo Back Road and
Kaslo Airport area
I will be providing funding to support these projects. Each one will include community consultation in the near future.

Fire Smart starts at home- then the community- then the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)- then the landscape level.

The RDCK has 8 Wildfire Mitigation specialists this year that you can call on to assess your home and will assist all communities that would like to acquire Fire Smart status. As an added bonus- I will award a $1350 grant to each community that does attain Fire Smart status. In Area D, we have Woodbury Village and the BackRoad community who have been successful so far. In the cue: Lardeau and Loki Lots!

To request a residential Fire Smart assessment OR as a community champion that would like to inquire about the community recognition program, please call or email:


From Kaslo and District Community Forest: Summary of Wildfire conference

The sold out Nelson Wildfire and Climate Change Conference is underway with close to an even attendance of field professionals and community. Attention is highly focused on the packed schedule of expert speakers invited from Canada to New Mexico, but the days maintain a great flow thanks to the many skilled local volunteers and hosts. While management of carbon balance remains a complex topic, the urgent message that we need to restore an ecosystem managed by controlled, landscape level fire events is a message understood by all.

We heard that forest fuel accumulations have reached critical levels due to years of fire supression and that climate extremes are expected to become the new norm, precipitating frequent ingitions. Over the course of the past 2 days the hushed audience listened to several personal and heartfelt accounts of presenters and guests personally affected by catastrophic events of the 2017 wildfires. It was apparent that no one was prepared for the scale of trauma these events bring along.

We will bring messages heard at the conference to our community meeting on July 12 and have invited John Cathro to give an update to the Community Wildfire Protection Plan [CWPP] as well.


Notice from Kaslo & District Community Forest:

The Kaslo & District Community Forest is upgrading the Cooper Face road and constructing 0.5km of new into CP 37 block 2 road this year. An additional 2-5km may be constructed this year as well in preparation for future harvesting.  We will keep you updated with our plans as they progress.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jeff at 250-354-9803 or manager@kaslocommunityforest.org.


Ecosystem Resiliency, Community Protection & Landscape Level Management
Nelson, BC will see presenters coming fromas far away as Oregon and New Mexico on June 26th-28th, 2018 for a conference organized by the Slocan Integral Forestry Cooperative (SIFCo),
The community forest based out of theSlocan Valley,to learn more about local, national and international actions being taken to address the growing challenges associated with wildfire and climate change.
Wildfire and climate change are new realities, ones that could have a dramatic impact on our life’s. Addressing these issues need a multi-level approach and coming together locally with expect from across North-America toshare knowledge, learn from each other and
create a blue print for action locally is of utmost importance” says Stephan Martineau Manager SIFCO
Conference attendees will hear about the latest scientific research and initiatives from the Kootenays and from the international arena on climate change, wildfire behavior
and why this leads us toward an urgent need to take action at a landscape scale
to create a more resilient ecosystem. Given the scope of the challenge, we will present
the need for community emergency preparedness and steps residents ca
n take to best be prepared for wildfires.
Day one and two of this conference will have multiple keynote presentations delivered to all of the attendees and throughout these two exciting and packed days
attendees will be divided into two streams of presentations.
The first stream will be targeted at licensees working in forestry and the second
at community members and local decision makers.
The final day of the conference will be a workshop for all attendees, who
will break off into the community and licensee streams. Licensees will participate in a half-
day workshop that will focus on wildfire impacts from the forestry/ industry perspective.
After this workshop licensees will go on a field trip to the SIFCo community forest to
look at different Wildfire Urban Interface treatment sites and to carry on the conversations. Community members will also participate in a morning session focusing on barriers to
community fire management and end this day with a site visit to learn hands on about best practices they can implement in their communities and on their private land.
.The Wildfire and Climate Change Conference Team
If you would like more information,
want to sponsor this event or would like to be an exhibitor
please get in touch with Avery Deboer-Smith by phone at 250-777-3858 or
To register for the conference as a licensee or community member, please visit the conferencewebsite at www.kootenaywildfire.ca