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Smoky Conditions in Boundary - July 29, 2014

Excerpted from a release from Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Southeast Fire Centre
Smoke from Washington State wildfire in Boundary region
CASTLEGAR - People living in the communities of Grand Forks, Rock Creek and Midway may notice heavy smoke in the air as a result of a wildfire burning on Toroda Mountain, northeast of Wauconda in Washington State.
The size of the fire is estimated at 40 hectares. It is being managed by crews in Washington State's Department of Natural Resources.
Smoky conditions are expected to continue as a result of this wildfire and weather conditions in the coming days. Any growth in the size of this fire may increase the amount of smoke seen in the area.
British Columbia's Wildfire Management Branch has responded to 32 wildfires in the Southeast Fire Centre since Thursday, July 24, 2014. The majority of them have been small, spot-sized wildfires and none of those fires is currently threatening any properties or infrastructure.
For information on air quality, as well as smoke forecasts for Western Canada, visit the BC Air Quality website:
For information on wildfires in Washington State, visit:
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, go to:

Posted by Kevin McKinnon
(2014-07-30 08:25:05)

Open Fire Ban in Southeast Forest District - July 2, 2014

On July 2, 2014, all open fire was banned throughout the entire Southeast Fire Centre.

Prohibited activities include:

* the burning of any waste, slash or other materials
* stubble or grass fires of any size over any area
* the use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, and it does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. (See below)

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 Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

Details on this ban can be found on the Wildfire Management Branch website.

Please note that all open burning, including campfires, is prohibited by bylaw year-round inside Grand Forks city limits. A permit may be issued for small campfires for cooking only. Please contact the Fire Department for details.

Posted by Kevin McKinnon
(2014-07-04 11:53:57)

Clara's Big Ride in Grand Forks May 23, 2014

Clara's Big Ride is a cross-Canada bicycle tour by 6-time Olympian Clara Hughes to raise awareness of mental illness in Canada.

The Ride stopped in Grand Forks on Friday May 23, and Clara was kind enough to stop for a photo with the members of Grand Forks Fire/Rescue who were on hand.

Photo credit: Craig Lindsay, Grand Forks Gazette

Posted by Kevin McKinnon
(2014-05-23 22:58:16)

2014 Freshet Update - River levels being monitored

Grand Forks Fire/Rescue is monitoring the Kettle and Granby Rivers. Warm weather at the end of last week coupled with rain over the first part of the Victoria Day long weekend have resulted in a rise in the levels on both rivers, although both are still shy of their respective water gauges.

Water flow rates are up significantly over the past 10 days, so everyone is encouraged to stay clear of the river banks and to exercise caution if you need to be near there.

If conditions warrant, information on how to acquire sandbags will be posted here, tweeted ( @GrandForksFire ) and distributed to the media. Remember that sandbags are only effective against surface water -- ground water seepage will not be stopped by sandbagging.

Further information will be posted as conditions change.

Posted by Kevin McKinnon
(2014-05-17 18:19:03)

5 Members Receive Long Service Awards

At the Monday meeting of Grand Forks City Council, Mayor Brian Taylor presented five volunteer firefighters with Exemplary Service (federal) and Long Service (provincial) medals for recognition of 20+ years of dedicated service to the community.

Dean Gourlie and John Feenstra were awarded the federal Exemplary Service Medal from the Office of the Governor General, which honours members of a recognized Canadian fire service who have completed 20 years of service. Lyle Dorner, Dean Bryant, and Loren Dorner were awarded the provincial Long Service Medal from the BC Office of the Fire Commissioner, which are "awarded by the Provincial Government to persons who have completed at least twenty-five (25) years of paid or volunteer fire service in British Columbia."

Pictured, left-to-right: Dean Gourlie, John Feenstra, Lyle Dorner, Dean Bryant, Chief Dale Heriot, Loren Dorner.

Posted by Kevin McKinnon
(2013-11-26 16:01:29)



Call Statistics
Fire:             37
Rescue:            6
First Responder:  22

Jan    7     4    19
Feb    6     4    21
Mar   12     3    19
Apr   12     0    14
May   15     2    26
Jun   10     1    25
Jul   37     6    22
2014  99    20   146

2013 Totals
Fire:            182
Rescue:           36
First Responder: 255
Total Calls:     473

2012 Totals
Fire:            174
Rescue:           41
First Responder:  83
Total Calls:     298

Last tone: Fire/Rescue received
2014/08/07 at 6:56:02 PM

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Last 10 News Items
Smoky Conditions in Boundary - July 29, 2014
Open Fire Ban in Southeast Forest District - July 2, 2014
Clara's Big Ride in Grand Forks May 23, 2014
2014 Freshet Update - River levels being monitored
5 Members Receive Long Service Awards
Open Burning Ban In Effect for Southeast Fire District
Open House At Station 4 - June 27, 2013
High-Angle Rope Rescue Training
GFFR Hosts Fire Suppression 12 Class
UPDATE: Flood Advisory for Southern Interior - May 14, 2013
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