Friday, July 3, 2015

Thanks for keeping your speed down.............

Please keep your speed down in the village - we need our windows open, and don't like breathing the dust.

Highway 33 Closed

Cindy and Brent safe at home - 8Km from the fire.

 

Crews responding to Huckleberry Fire in Joe Rich area


KAMLOOPS -- BC Wildfire Service crews are currently supporting the Central Okanagan Regional District in responding to wildfire in the Joe Rich area, north of Highway 33, east of Kelowna.
The fire is currently estimated at 80 hectares in size.

Twenty-seven firefighters, two helicopters and eight fixed-winged aircraft are currently on site. The fire is growing quickly and displaying aggressive behaviour. Hot, dry conditions combined with strong winds are challenging fire suppression efforts. The cause of this fire is currently under investigation.

This fire is highly visible from Highway 33 and there are homes located in close proximity to the fire. An Evacuation Order and Alert have been issued by the Central Okanagan Regional District. For more information on these Evacuations, visit: http://www.cordemergency.ca

Highway 33 is currently closed in both directions. For the latest information on road closures in the area, visit: http://www.drivebc.ca/

Hot and dry weather conditions have elevated the fire danger rating throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre and many areas are currently experiencing "moderate" to "high" ratings. This danger rating is expected to increase significantly over the weekend as the drying trend continues.

The BC Wildfire Service would like to thank the public for their continued support in reporting smoke and wildfires. These reports have allowed for prompt and efficient response. 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 http://www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:
- Twitter at http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
- Facebook at http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo


Media Contact:

Kayla Pepper
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Kamloops Fire Centre
250 554-5965

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

This article applies to the following project fires:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Public thanked for quick reporting, enabling quick response.

Firefighting crews respond to wildfire near Midway


CASTLEGAR - The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a three-hectare wildfire near Ingram Creek, about five kilometres north of the village of Midway. No structures are immediately threatened at this time.
Twenty-five firefighters, three helicopters and an airtanker group are working on this incident. A water tender is also on site and a fire guard is being established around the perimeter of the fire.

Smoke is visible from Midway, Greenwood and along Highway 3. It's suspected that this fire was caused by lightning.

The number of phone reports received from the public allowed the Southeast Fire Centre to respond to this fire quickly and efficiently. The BC Wildfire Service would like to thank the public for their continued assistance in reporting wildfires.

The current fire danger rating in the Southeast Fire Centre is "moderate" or "high", with some pockets rated "extreme" near Midway, Grand Forks, Kaslo and Revelstoke.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, 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, go to: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

Media Contact:

Jordan Turner
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 608-1755
Fire Centre Bulletin 2393

On the road today.....


Rank 5 fire - Cathedral Park - both sides of the border............


BC Forest Service photo taken of the Newby Lake Fire yesterday. Ground and Air attacks were not possible due to aggressive fire behaviour.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The last bark..........

Ace wasn't quite himself the last few days, and the last bark was this morning. The only dog I knew that could be happy to lay on the floor at my place one day, and stand firm with a bark or a snarl  the next day when I approached his territory.
 The Baldy Bobcat house will feel empty tonight.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Campfire Bans

Campfires to be banned within Southeast Fire Centre
INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release

2015FLNR0147-000984

June 30, 2015

CASTLEGAR ����Effective at noon Pacific Time on Friday, July 3, 2015, campfires will be prohibited


throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect

public safety.

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

measure is in addition to Category 2 and Category 3 open burning prohibitions that are already

in effect. To learn about the differences between campfires, Category 2 open fires and

Category 3 open fires, please visit: http://bit.ly/1GlhE9l


Specifically, prohibited activities include:

�� campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation

�� the burning of waste or other materials

�� stubble or grass fires of any size over any area

�� the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning


cages of any size or description

�� the use of binary exploding targets

�� the use of air curtain burners (forced air burning systems)


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 Forest District and the Rocky

Mountain Forest District.

A map of the affected area is available online at: http://bit.ly/1LRgWip


These prohibitions do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a

portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous

fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres. The use of a campfire

apparatus that does not meet these specifications is prohibited.

These prohibitions cover all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within

the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a

fire department. Please check with local authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are

in place before lighting any fire.

Anyone found in contravention of a fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345, 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

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource

Operations

BC Wildfire Service

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


Jordan Turner

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4014

Fanny Bernard

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4056
Media Contacts:
person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, 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: http://www.bcwildfire.ca


You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

�� Twitter at http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

�� Facebook at http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Monday, June 29, 2015

Heinz Strege - a name from the past

If you were here 30 years ago, this guy may look familiar.

http://globalnews.ca/news/2083170/kelowna-landlord-may-face-more-fines/

News of the day...........


  • Severe thunderstorm and heavy rain watch - clouding over now, storm is on the way

  • We did get enough rain this morning to settle the dust

  • Emcon was improving the top end of the Baldy road today , gravel, grader, compactor


  • If you didn't see the update on the Whiskey Jack  Break-in a couple of weeks ago, the witness stories have been sorted out - the break-in was narrowed to Wednesday June 17th, the black truck and couple were Thursday night - cabin owners.



Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Fires after the Storm

Link to fire map:
http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/dmf-viewer/?siteid=5131184402955244847

Several fires have erupted today from the storm last night. Most closer to the valley, but two fires between Baldy and Conkle Lake. The smoke was spotted by two loggers around 8:30am. They fought the fire  by hand until the tankers came in after lunch. These photos were taken from Fish Lake Road West, in from Hwy 3. Larger fire is 7.5km by road from the Canyon Bridge. The fire was mostly smouldering, and I noticed candling around 12:30. The tankers are still flying at 2:15.





Stunning Light Show Saturday Night

I was listening, Maryann was watching, and Jayne Fletcher was taking photos. Thankfully we did get some rain after the lightening. Thanks Jayne.