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Archive for July 2014

Campfire ban rescinded in a portion of the Cariboo

INFORMATION BULLETIN
For Immediate Release
2014FLNR0143-001062
July 24, 2014

WILLIAMS LAKE – Effective at noon on Friday, July 25, 2014, campfires will once again be permitted in the Cariboo Fire Centre east of the Fraser River. The Cariboo Fire Centre is rescinding its campfire prohibition in this area due to cool and wet weather conditions.

The following uses will now be allowed in areas east of the Fraser River:

• campfires, as defined by the wildfire regulation
• open fires in an outdoor stove

Campfires remain prohibited in the Cariboo Fire Centre west of the Fraser River, due to dry conditions and higher fire danger ratings.

The public is reminded that campfires cannot be larger than a half-metre high by a half-metre wide. Anyone who lights a campfire must have a hand tool (such as a shovel) or at least eight litres of water available to fully extinguish it. Never leave a campfire unattended and make sure that the ashes are completely cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain prohibited throughout the entire Cariboo Fire Centre. This includes the use of fireworks, sky lanterns and burning barrels.

A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://bit.ly/1x7lRDk

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 responsible may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Prohibitions implemented by the Cariboo Fire Centre covers 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 for any other restrictions before lighting a fire.

The Cariboo Fire Centre covers an area of about 10.3 million hectares, stretching from Loon Lake in the south to just north of Quesnel at the Cottonwood River. From east to west, the boundaries stretch from the western edge of Wells Gray Provincial Park to the eastern boundary of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.

Report a wildfire or unattended campfire by calling 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource OperationsCariboo Fire Centre Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Sandra Wagner
Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch
Cariboo Fire Centre
250 989-2665

Media Contact:

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: www.bcwildfire.ca

Learn More:

You can follow the latest B.C. wildfire news:

• On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
• On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Fire Ban Including Campfires

Cariboo Fire Centre expands campfire ban

WILLIAMS LAKE — Effective at noon on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, the Cariboo Fire Centre will expand its campfire prohibition across the entire Cariboo Fire Centre.

This prohibition will remain in place until Sept. 30, 2014 or until the public is informed otherwise.

WILLIAMS LAKE — Effective at noon on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, the Cariboo Fire Centre will expand its campfire prohibition across the entire Cariboo Fire Centre.

This prohibition will remain in place until Sept. 30, 2014 or until the public is informed otherwise.

This step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. The fire danger rating is currently ?high? throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, with some areas rated ?extreme?.

With the current trend of warm and dry weather, wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre may display aggressive behaviour and require additional fire suppression resources. Human-caused wildfires can divert critical resources from responding to naturally occurring wildfires.

Open burning is also prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre. This prohibition applies to open fires of any size, fireworks (including firecrackers), sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas and burning barrels. This prohibition does 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, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://bit.ly/W8ApY0

The open burning prohibition covers all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but does 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 for any other restrictions before lighting a fire.

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 responsible 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 covers an area of about 10.3 million hectares, stretching from Loon Lake in the south to just north of Quesnel at the Cottonwood River. From east to west, the boundaries stretch from the western edge of Wells Gray Provincial Park to the eastern boundary of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.

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

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to www.bcwildfire.ca

Learn More:
You can follow the latest B.C. wildfire news:
• On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
• On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Media Contact:

Sandra Wagner
Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch
Cariboo Fire Centre
250 989-2665

Cariboo Fire Restrictions

Campfires and open fires restricted in parts of Cariboo

WILLIAMS LAKE — Effective at noon Pacific Time on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, campfires will be prohibited in the Cariboo Fire Centre west of the Fraser River to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

This campfire prohibition does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, but does apply to campfires, open fires in an outdoor stove, tiki torches and any portable campfire apparatus that is not CSA/ULC approved.

Also effective at noon Pacific Time on July 16, 2014, open burning will be prohibited throughout the entire Cariboo Fire Centre. Anyone conducting Category 2 or Category 3 fires must extinguish any such fires by noon on July 16, 2014. The use of burning barrels, sky lanterns, fireworks will also be prohibited.

A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://bit.ly/1m1Ft5N

Specifically, prohibited activities include:

East of the Fraser River:

– Category 2 open fires
– Category 3 open fires
– fireworks, including firecrackers
– sky lanterns
– burning barrels

West of the Fraser River:

– campfires
– Category 2 Open Fires
– Category 3 Open Fires
– fireworks, including firecrackers
– sky lanterns
– burning barrels, chimineas (wood-burning patio heaters), tiki-type torches
– outdoor stoves and portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA or ULC approved, or if the flame exceeds a height of 15 centimetres.

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 for any other restrictions before lighting a fire.

With the current trend of warm and dry weather, wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre may display aggressive behaviour and require additional fire suppression resources. Human-caused wildfires divert critical resources and fire crews from responding to natural wildfires.

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 responsible 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 covers an area of about 10.3 million hectares, stretching from Loon Lake in the south to just north of Quesnel at the Cottonwood River. From east to west, the boundaries stretch from the western edge of Wells Gray Provincial Park to the eastern boundary of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.

Report a wildfire or unattended campfire 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: www.bcwildfire.ca

Learn More:

You can follow the latest B.C. wildfire news:

– On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo
– On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Media Contact:

Sandra Wagner
Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch
Cariboo Fire Centre
250 989-2665

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The Banner Has Been Returned!

Annual Community Day Banner 2

On my way to work this morning as I was driving up towards Bonaparte Rd, I had to do a double-take. The Community Day banner was up in its normal spot! Sometime between 8:00 PM the previous evening and 7:15 AM this morning the banner magically reappeared.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank whoever “borrowed” our banner for returning it AND putting it back up!

Missing Banner

Annual-Garage-Sale-Banner-3

Some time between Wednesday July 2nd and Saturday July 5th, someone took down our banner sign advertising the August Long Weekend Community Day. This is the banner that we put up on 2 trees on the corner of Bonaparte Road and Green Lake South Road. The banner requires an extension ladder to get to it, so it was planned ahead of time. I could see tire marks in the tall grass where someone had driven down to the trees where the banner was located.

This banner (as well as the Garage Sale Banner) were made for us by Heritage Signs in 100 Mile House last year. They are 30 inches tall by 18 feet long and cost $315 each.

The attached picture is what it looks like except that it would say Community Day and August Long Weekend on it. (I couldn’t find a picture of it!)

What we are asking, if you saw anyone in the past week with a ladder up against the trees to please let us know.

Please pass this on to anyone you know who may have visiting in the area as well.

The banner can be returned, no questions asked, to the bottle shed at the Fire Hall.

Thank you

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