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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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BC Wildfire Newsletter May 2021

FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition program slated for 2021

South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department (SGLVFD) Captain Bob Bell and firefighter Ken Alexander are South Green Lake’s local FireSmart representatives (LFRs).

They recently completed FireSmart Canada’s mandatory two-day virtual LFR workshops and retained their LFR certifications.

In 2017, the Elephant Hill wildfire, which started some 80 kilometres away on Elephant Mountain near Ashcroft, burned through wildland forests close to the houses and cottages of the South Green Lake community. It came so close the homes and cottages, residents and vacationers had to be evacuated.

That’s when it sunk in that the South Green Lake community had a significant risk of wildfire damage and destruction of homes, cottages and properties.

After the Elephant Hill wildfire burned itself out, Alexander and Bell attended a FireSmart BC conference in Williams Lake and learned how to help mitigate the risk of wildfire damage for people living in the Wildland Urban Interface, where homes were built on or beside the forested wildland.

They were introduced to the FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition Program #FireSmartCanada during the recent FireSmart Canada virtual workshops. Bell and Alexander think this program will be a perfect fit for the South Green Lake community.

The Neighbourhood Recognition Program will teach residents how live with wildfire threat and how to help increase their home’s chance of survival through proactive actions. The program also encourages neighbours to work together to mitigate the risk of wildfire destruction.

They decided to split the South Green Lake community into three neighbourhoods by using the format the fire department used – Alpha, Bravo and Charlie – during the 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire.

The first neighbourhood project will start in the Bravo Neighbourhood at lot address 501 (next to Access Road #5) and reach out to lot address 933 (next to Access Road 9A) where the SunsetView Site of the Green Lake Provincial Park begins on the shoreline side of Green Lake South Road.

The corresponding lot numbers on the off-shore side from Access Road #5 to the Buffalo Ranch at lot address 938, will also be in the Bravo neighbourhood.

Alexander and Bell will kick off the program by conducting the Neighbourhood Wildfire Hazard Assessment, which is an important step in the FireSmart Neighbourhood Recognition process because it will give residents a snapshot of wildfire risk in their neighbourhood.

It’s a tool to help neighbourhood residents understand their wildfire hazard, so they can learn how to reduce the risk.

Here is a key piece of information: Research has shown embers (burning pieces of airborne wood and/or vegetation) can be carried up to two kilometres by the wind. These embers and small surface fires are the two primary sources of home ignitions during wildfires. Residents can mitigate this risk by removing flammable materials within 10 metres of their homes or cottages and outbuildings.

Therefore, residents must prepare their homes, cottages and outbuildings to withstand embers and minimize the likelihood of flames or a surface fire touching their homes or any attachments and setting them on fire.

To make the FireSmart Neighbourhood Program work, someone in the neighbourhood needs to step up as the Neighbourhood Champion.

Neighbourhood Champions will help rally his or her neighbours, and also act as a point of communication with the local FireSmart representatives during the recognition and funding application process. Neighbourhood Champions also find other volunteers to serve on the FireSmart Neighbourhood committee.

Neighbourhood Champions will be provided with step-by-step support during the process.

For more information about the Neighbourhood Champion role, contact Bob Bell at 250-395-0622.

Anyone wanting assistance with a self assessment of their buildings and property or want more information about the Neighbourhood FireSmart Program can contact Bell or Ken Alexander at 250-456-7496 or cell at 250-319-8085 or e-mail at top_drawer@shaw.ca


Skimmers were brought in to help battle the Elephant Hill wildfire that roared through the forest hills above the South Green Lake community in 2017.The crew from Quebec skimmed water from Green Lake and when their holding tanks were filled, they flew off to help battle the wildfire by dropping their payloads at nearby Jim Lake.

Ken Alexander photo

Home Safety Program

In British Columbia, smoke alarms are mandatory in all homes and recreational cabins.

Thanks to the Fire Chiefs Association,Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) and the Office of the Fire Commissioner, the South Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department has several combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms to give out to South Green Lake full-time and part-time residents.

These alarms are for the owners of older homes and cabins who don’t have hard-wired alarms built in their buildings.

However, these alarms will also be available to people who want one for their garage, shop or guest cabins that don’t have hard-wired alarms.

The free alarms are powered by a Lithium Powercell, which lasts for 10 years, so there is no need to replace batteries.

Smoke alarms have a working life of 10 years, so they have to be replaced when the 10 years is done and then be recycled. The alarms should be checked once a month for ongoing safety.

The alarm packaging also includes instructions for self-installation and self-activation.

The alarms come in a reusable TNRD Fire Protection Services bag, which includes information brochures on the use and placement of smoke alarms, Carbon Monoxide Safety and Portable Fire Extinguishers information.

Bag full of safety information

* The bag also includes a Home Fire Safety Checklist. Residents are urged to go through the checklist, and check off the items as either “yes” or “no” so they know how fire safe their homes and cabins are, and make some changes if needed.

* The bag also includes Home Fire Escape Plan information. Residents and vacationers are urged to develop an escape plan for their homes and cabins. The plan can save family members from loss of life or serious injuries in a house fire by having everyone getting out of the building quickly and safely to meet at a designated safe gathering place.

* The bag also contains suggested items to make up an Emergency Grab & Go Bag in case you have to evacuate quickly in an emergency situation.

So where can you get the alarms?

Local FireSmart Representatives Bob Bell and Ken Alexander will be handing out the bags of the alarms and important fire safety information at the South Green Lake Fire Hall (546 Green Lake South Rd.) on May 22 and on July 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. both days.

It will be a drive-thru event. We will need residents’ lot address number and their names.

If you have questions or need more information, call Ken at 250-456-7496 or e-mail at top_drawer@shaw.ca

Full- and part-time South Green Lake residents are eligible for a combination Smoke and CO alarm if they don’t have hard wired alarms installed in their homes, garages, shops or cabins. Local FireSmart Representatives Bob Bell and Ken Alexander will be handing out the bags of the alarms and important fire safety information at the South Green Lake Fire Hall (546 Green Lake South Rd.) on May 22 and on July 31 from 1 to 3 p.m. both days.

Ken Alexander photo

Wood Piles

Just a update on the grinding of the wood piles. Arrow Transport Systems will be moving equipment in this weekend (Feb 20-21) and are going to be grinding the debris piles and hauling them for utilization.

They are estimating (weather and conditions allowing ) it will take about a week to grind  and hauling will take place up until road bans are put on. So hopefully everything will be moved before that if not they will finish the hauling once bans are lifted.

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