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Southeast Fire Centre urges caution with outdoor burning

The Southeast Fire Centre (Ministry of Forests) has issued the following bulletin. Please note that open burning within Grand Forks City Limits is not permitted at any time.



CASTLEGAR – The Southeast Fire Centre is asking the public to exercise caution with any outdoor burning activities this spring.
 
As the snow melts, dried grass from last summer is uncovered and that material can be highly flammable. Almost all wildfires at this time of the year are caused by people and are therefore preventable.
 
Homeowners and industry personnel are encouraged to consult the B.C. FireSmart manual and take the 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.
 
A potential wind event is expected in the East Kootenay Region this Sunday and Monday. Winds tend to be calm in the morning and escalade in the afternoon and evenings. 
 
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.
 
Venting conditions should always be checked before conducting an open burn. If 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.
 
In British Columbia, the Wildfire Act specifies a person’s legal obligations when using fire on 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, 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.

 

Call Statistics
April
Fire:             26
Rescue:            8
First Responder:  23

2018
     Fire:Rescue:F.R.
Jan     7   10    28
Feb     7    0    16
Mar    10    6    13
Apr    26    8    23
2018   50   24    80

2017
     Fire:Rescue:F.R.
Jan    12    1    21
Feb     7    3    16
Mar    15    3    18
Apr    19    5    19
May     8   20    13
Jun     9    5    17
Jul    19    4    14
Aug    20    5    28
Sep    26    3    19
Oct    20    7    20
Nov    10    4    25
Dec    14   12    22
2017  179   69   232

2016
     Fire:Rescue:F.R.
Jan     7    8    36
Feb    11    3    29
Mar    17    4    19
Apr    19    3    13
May     8    5    22
Jun    15    6    20
Jul    16    6    13
Aug    14    6    21
Sep     9    2    17
Oct    11    4    12
Nov    11    5    19
Dec    11    4    15
2016  148   56   236

Previous Years
Year:Fire:Resc:F/R:Ttl
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2016  148  56  236 440
2015  184  61  370 615
2014  171  41  256 468
2013  182  36  255 473
2012  174  41   83 298

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