Area restrictions…

Aug. 11, 2018

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

INFORMATION BULLETIN

Area restrictions in effect in Southeast Fire Centre

CASTLEGAR – Area restriction orders are in effect for both the Goldstream River wildfire (N42293) and the Blacktail Mountain wildfire (N51329) in the Southeast Fire Centre.

The BC Wildfire Service has implemented these area restrictions to protect public safety and avoid any interference with fire control activities. These area restriction orders apply to all Crown land outlined on each of the detailed maps indicated below. They will remain in place until Sept. 15, 2018, or until they are rescinded.

* The Goldstream River wildfire is about 70 kilometres northwest of Revelstoke and about 5.5 kilometres east of Highway 23. This area restriction applies to the entire Groundhog Basin, immediately north of the French Forest Service Road and extending north to Old Camp Creek. A detailed map of this closure is available online at: http://ow.ly/TmF630lmTCJ

* The Blacktail Mountain wildfire is in Kokanee Glacier Park, about eight kilometres southeast of Silverton. This area restriction applies to the entire Silverton Creek drainage, including Idaho Peak. A detailed map of this closure is available online at: http://ow.ly/iljR30lmTCb

Under these orders and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter these restricted areas, unless the person first receives written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, or enters the area only in the course of:

* travelling to or from his or her residence, that is not under an evacuation order;

* using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;

* travelling as a person acting in an official capacity as defined in Section 56 of the Wildfire Act; or

* travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression or enforcement patrol activities.

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:http://www.bcwildfire.ca

Contact:

Ashley Davidoff

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4014

 

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: http://news.gov.bc.ca/connect

No campfires…please!

Where ever you happen to be in BC…please read. We hope you have a fat wallet if you plan on having a (currently illegal) campfire. … and, by the way (as we recently learned happened nearby)……having a fire after dark because you think people won’t see it….uhhhhh that doesnt usually work. just sayin. Just don’t do it- it’s much easier on the wallet, and 1000 times safer for everyone and every “where”….THANKS !

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 www.bcwildfire.ca or visit the Interactive Wildfire Map https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/…/MapSer…/index.html…

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!
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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)

HOW TO REGISTER:
* Call 250 505 2498
* or email: tashia.idp@kootenayfamilyplace.org

REGISTRATION REQUIRED – LIMITED AVAILABILITY
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

INFORMATION BULLETIN

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: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans

Review the open fire regulations poster at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs

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: http://ow.ly/qjql30l6drO

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: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

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

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN. DRONES.

 
July 23, 2018
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development BC Wildfire Service
Use of drones strictly prohibited near wildfires
CASTLEGAR – BC Wildfire Service staff were forced to temporarily halt air operations on the Wilson Creek wildfire on Sunday, July 22, 2018, due to people operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or “drones”) above the fire.
A helicopter that was supporting ground crews was grounded. Additional firefighting aircraft working on other fires in the area had to be diverted from their flight paths to avoid the airspace around Little Wilson Lake area, which is about 19 kilometres east of Nakusp.
The airspace around Little Wilson Lake is once again clear for firefighting aircraft to operate. The RCMP is working with the BC Wildfire Service to investigate this incident.
The use of drones near a wildfire is illegal. The restricted airspace includes a radius of five nautical miles around the fire, and to an altitude of 3,000 feet above ground level.
The presence of drones near an active wildfire can slow down, or completely shut down, aerial firefighting efforts, due to safety concerns. If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft, the consequences could be deadly.
Under federal regulations, anyone caught operating a drone within an active wildfire could be fined $25,000, or jailed for up to 18 months.
The use of UAVs or drones near or on a wildfire is also considered to be “interference,” as defined in Section 56 of the provincial Wildfire Act. Operators are subject to a violation ticket fine of $1,150. If convicted, the operator could be fined up to $100,000 and/or face imprisonment of over a year.
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
Contacts:
Carlee Kachman
Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 365-4056