A one-hectare fire burning north of Cranbrook has residents’ attention and is proving hard to fight, reports Sally MacDonald for the Cranbrook Daily Townsman.
The fire is in steep country and forest firefighters will have to rappel in from helicopters to get to the flames. MacDonald spoke with a Stephen Lathem who saw the firefighters at work.
In what should be unsurprising to anyone who was in the region last month, there haven’t been many forest fires in the Kootenays so far.
The Southeast Fire Centre, which monitors wildfire conditions in the East and West Kootenays, reports there have been 18 forest fires in the area since Friday, April 1. There were 31 fires over the same period in 2010 and 100 fires over the same period in 2009.
PRESS RELEASE from the B.C. Forest Service If you spot a fire in Syringa Provincial Park this month, it’s likely due to a prescribed burn. The Ministry of Natural Resource Operations and BC Parks are planning a 20-hectare prescribed burn near the campground and day-use area to reduce the wildfire risk and maintain local ecosystems. [...]
The 400-plus fires burning across British Columbia have consumed the province’s forest firefighting budget already and there’s little relief in sight. B.C. budgeted $52 million to fight forest fires this season and it’s spending $6 million a day to fight fires, especially in the Cariboo region where 120 fires are burning. Provincial officials expect 50 [...]
The whiff of wood smoke and an orange-tinged sunrise greeted many Kootenay residents as fires from Kamloops and Washington sent ash and smoke into the region. According to Erin Catherall, an information officer with the Southeast Fire Centre, the smokey haze comes from the roughly 400 fires burning in the Kamloops Fire Centre and some [...]
The Kootenays are the one part of the province where campfires are still allowed, but forest firefighters urge extreme caution to people enjoying the woods this long weekend. The Southeast Fire Centre will send out patrols to ensure people are following the latest regulations which say campfires must be 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres in [...]
How does the saying go? Once burnt, twice shy. It seems the province of B.C. is following that wisdom by halving the allowable size of campfires. From now on, a campfire can only be 0.5 metres in height and diameter, or, approximately a foot and a half by a foot and half. The new restrictions [...]