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Firefighters from yesterdays controlled burn from a Fire Smart cleanup event from last fall.

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South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department

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South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department Open House slatedThe South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an Open House at the Fire Hall (546 Green Lake South Rd.) on May 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and it will be an opportunity for the community to talk to Fire Chief Roger Graham, Assistant Fire Chief Bob Bell, Deputy Fire Chief Dunham Craig and the captains about the apparatus, equipment, dry hydrants and what’s happening at the Fire Hall.Home sprinklers informationThere will be a sprinkler booth where people can talk to local firefighters about the advantage of sprinklers as a great last line of defence against wildfires. People will also be able to put in orders for some sprinklers. Firefighters will be building 200 new sprinklers this year – 40 sets of of three ground sprinklers and two rooftop sprinklers.A sprinkler demonstration will be on display behind the Fire Hall during the Open House. Anyone with questions about sprinklers or about designing a sprinkler system for their homes can e-mail Del at Lindawestfall@hotmail.com.Fence maintenanceThere will also be a booth where folks can learn about the fence behind our properties that keep the range cattle from coming down and making a mess in our yards.A group of residents have been looking after the fence system for a number of years, and they would like some new volunteers to help check the fence line to make sure there aren’t any breaks the cows can get through and to fix those breaks.All of the hard work of building the fence line has been completed, and now it’s just a matter of checking the fence and maintaining its integrity.So please talk to the folks at the fence line booth to thank them for what they do and see if there is some way they can be helped.FireSmart boothsThe local FireSmart crew will have two booths at the open house, which will have a couple of maps.One of the maps will show where the wildfires have been close to our South Green Lake Community over the years.The map will show just how close wildfires have been to our properties. The reality is: it’s not a matter of if there will be a wildfire threatening our homes, cabins and properties, but it is a matter of when that wildfire will happen.This is why the local FireSmart crew wants property owners to make their homes, cabins and properties more wildfire resilient. So please stop at the booths and talk to people – two Local FireSmart Representatives (LFRs) and the Bravo Neighbourhood Champion – about how we can protect our homes, cabins and properties.Be sure to check out the Bravo FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition Sign.The second map will show which of the three designated FireSmart neighbourhoods your property is in. Ask the LFRs how you can make your homes, cabins and properties more wildfire resilient.The FireSmart table will also have some combined smoke and CO alarm giveaways for South Green Lake property owners on a first-come first-served basis if they don’t have hard-wired detectors in their homes and cabins and they didn’t pick up alarms at last year’s giveaway.FireSmart LFR Ken Alexander will be asking the people picking up the detectors for the property owner’s lot number, first and last names, phone numbers and email addresses, so please bring that along when you pick up an alarm.The local FireSmart crew will also be asking people who come to the FireSmart booth if they would be interested in be becoming a FireSmart Champion for their neighbourhood or if they would like to join the FireSmart committees for the A and C Neighbourhoods, which the local FireSmart Crew would like to get recognized this year.Food and FunHotdogs and a drink – pop, water, coffee and tea – will be available by donation.Folks can also purchase tickets for five raffle baskets.FireSmart mascot Ember will be showing up for the event, so the children and the young at heart can meet her and get their pictures taken with her.The local FireSmart Crew will be handing out Ember gifts on a first-come first-serve basis at the booth.There will also be a Kids Booth where children will be able to choose doing two crafts and colouring FireSmart pages.Best of all, people will be able to meet their South Green Lake firefighters and chat with their South Green Lake friends and neighbours.Photo caption: George McFalane, who has a cabin on the off-shore side of South Green Lake, created a sprinkler system he made with sprinklers from the South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

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Archive for April 2014

Bake Sale May 17, 2014

Pies Are Coming!

Pies!

Pies!

Come join us for our Annual Garage and Bake Sale.

There will be lots of pies. Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Strawberry/Rhubarb, & Mixed Berry/Rhubarb plus lots of other baked goodies.

Saturday May 17,2014

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cariboo Fire Centre Warning

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Cariboo Fire Centre

 

Cariboo Fire Centre urges caution with outdoor burning

INFORMATION BULLETIN

For Immediate Release

2014FLNR0042-000449

April 9, 2014

WILLIAMS LAKE – The Cariboo Fire Centre is encouraging the public to exercise caution when doing any outdoor burning this spring. Open burning restrictions will be in place later this spring, so now is a good time for residents to clean up their yards.

As the snow melts, dried grass from last summer gets uncovered and that material can be highly flammable. Almost all wildfires that start at this time of year are human-caused and are therefore preventable.

Homeowners and industry personnel are encouraged to visit the Wildfire Management Branch – www.bcwildfire.ca/Prevention – consult the B.C. Firesmart manual and take following precautions:

        Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.

        Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.

        Create a fireguard at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.

        If you are planning a large burn, consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter beforehand to create a fuel break and help stop the fire from spreading beyond its intended size. Each of these fires should be kept small and must be completely extinguished before starting a new fire.

        Never leave a fire unattended and make sure that your fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before you leave the area.

Before conducting a burn, check with your local fire department, municipality and regional district to check if there are any open burning restrictions or bylaws in effect.

If you are planning to do any large-scale industrial burning or conduct a grass burn over 0.2 hectares (Category 3 fires), you must obtain a burn registration number ahead of time by calling 1 888 797-1717.

Always check the venting conditions before conducting an open burn. If venting conditions are rated “Poor” or “Fair”, open burning is restricted. The venting index can be found at:

http://www.bcairquality.ca/readings/ventilation-index.html

Up-to-date information on open fire bans can be obtained online at www.bcwildfire.ca or by calling 1 888 3-FOREST.

In British Columbia, the Wildfire Act specifies a person’s legal obligations when using fire in or within one kilometre of forest land or grassland. If an outdoor burn escapes and causes a wildfire, the person responsible may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs.

Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000 and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

The Cariboo Fire Centre would like to thank the public for its continued help in preventing wildfires. If you see flames or smoke, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or dial *5555 on your cellphone.

Media Contact:

Emily Koch

Fire Information Officer

Wildfire Management Branch

Cariboo Fire Centre

250 989-2665

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

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To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cellphone or toll-free 1-800-663-5555.

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Saturday: 8-4

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