Friday, September 4, 2015

Wildlife

I saw a bear yesterday, but didn't get the camera out fast enough. Moving too fast today to catch the grouse sitting at the edge of the road - had to stop for the horses to move off the road.

Well they were right on one thing...........

These items don't belong in the recycle container, or the household garbage container. Who did they think would pick these up and dispose of them properly?

Mid-week photos

Have noticed various trees and bushes turning yellow for the last month. Some young Tamarack at lower elevations have turned.

Looking down at the Testalinden fire Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Caution Bulletin from the BC Wildfire Service

Caution urged with fire use on Labour Day weekend
VICTORIA - The BC Wildfire Service reminds everyone planning to head into the backcountry or go camping on the Labour Day long weekend to comply with provincial legislation related to campfire use and open burning. Although small campfires are once again allowed in most parts of British Columbia, extended hot and dry weather conditions this year have led to increased wildfire risks in many regions.

Campfires are currently only banned west of the Fraser River in the Cariboo Fire Centre.

Campfires are permitted in the Southeast Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre, Coastal Fire Centre, Northwest Fire Centre, Prince George Fire Centre and east of the Fraser River in the Cariboo Fire Centre.

To learn more about current campfire and open burning restrictions, please visit: http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp

Here's some important safety information, if campfires are allowed in your area:

- Have a shovel or at least eight litres of water available nearby to properly extinguish your campfire.

- Campfires cannot be larger than 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide.

- Do not light a campfire or keep it burning in windy conditions. Weather can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material.

- You must maintain a one-metre fireguard around the campfire. This is a fuel-free area where all flammable materials (grass, kindling, etc.) have been removed.

- Never leave a campfire unattended.
- Make sure that the campfire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.

- People who light campfires are legally responsible for making sure that they don't escape. They may be held accountable for damages and fire suppression costs if their negligence results in a wildfire.

Category 2 and Category 3 open fires are currently only allowed in the Northwest Fire Centre and the Prince George Fire Centre. They are prohibited everywhere else within the BC Wildfire Service's jurisdiction.

These prohibitions apply to 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. Local governments may have their own burning restrictions in place, so always check with local authorities before lighting any fire of any size.

Anyone operating motorized vehicles in the backcountry must also exercise caution, since the heat from an exhaust pipe - particularly in tall or dry grass - could ignite a wildfire.

The BC Wildfire Service thanks the public for its help preventing wildfires. To report a wildfire, an unattended campfire or an open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or call *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on fire activity, conditions and prohibitions, visit the BC Wildfire Service website at: www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news:

- On Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

- On Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Quote:

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson -

"So far this season, the BC Wildfire Service has responded to almost 1,800 wildfires, almost 30% of which were caused by people. Human-caused fires are preventable and unnecessarily tie up firefighting resources that could be deployed on naturally occurring wildfires."

Quick Facts:

- Anyone found in contravention of a fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

- To view a poster explaining the differences between campfires, Category 2 fires and Category 3 fires, please visit: http://ow.ly/RwiFS

- Information about fire prevention and the FireSmart program can be found online at: http://bcwildfire.ca/Prevention/firesmart.htm

Media Contact:

Kevin Skrepnek
Chief Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
250 312-3051

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect
News Release 2543 View this article alone

Heads up......Baldy Road to Hwy 3 - Thursday September 3rd

Work on a cattle guard between Baldy and Highway 3 will result in a temporary road closure Thursday morning between 8:00 and 10:00am.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Thursday Evening Market - with Hilary

Two more Thursdays left in the Evening Market and music in Oliver - Hilary singing this week.

Welcome Charlie!

Adoption completed today for Charlie.  According to the SPCA, she has a couple of lessons to learn, but that didn't impede the proceedings - she is just too adorable. A lovely dog. 2 1/2 years old.
Oh yeah, and if you see the "escape artist" roaming around on her own, please call Baldy Bobcat.

Not mine, but in the family. First night in her new home - hasn't tried the passenger seat in the plow truck yet.



Wednesday 5:00pm Resiliency Centre Closes - Fire Impacted Residents Can Still Access Services - see press release



Help for people impacted by Rock Creek/Westbridge fire



Public Service Announcement — For Immediate Release

(Midway, B.C.) Sept. 1, 2015 - As most residents who were impacted by the Rock Creek/Westbridge wildfire have now met with support agencies, the Midway Resilience Centre will be closed at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2. However, all residents will be able to continue accessing all the same services by calling the Red Cross at any time at 1-888-800-6493.

Residents can also continue their recovery process by confidentially discussing what help they still need with an Unmet Needs Committee. The members of this committee will collectively assess the needs in the affected areas and decide how best to use donated funds and keep them local.

The committee is made up of local community representatives and support agencies. Members include Vicki Gee (Area E Director for the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary), Les Jackman (President of the Kettle River Lions Club), Cathy Riddle (Victim Services Coordinator), Ryan van Kuik (Pastor of Boundary Community Church), Joyce Evans (Westbridge/Christian Valley resident), Samaritanʼs Purse, Mennonite Disaster Service, Interior Health, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, the Canadian Red Cross, and other agencies.

For more information on the Unmet Needs Committee please contact Vicki Gee at 250-446-2042.

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For more information:

Andrew Hopkins

Canadian Red Cross Communications Advisor, B.C. & Yukon

604-709-6747

Andrew.Hopkins@redcross.ca


A little morning shake...............Thanks to Castanet

Earthquake felt here

Any shaking in the Okanagan this morning was likely the result of a 4.3 magnitude earthquake, about 38 kilometres north of Coulee Dam in Washington.
According to Natural Resources Canada, the quake at 9:42 a.m. was felt in Bridesville, Penticton, Kelowna and other locations.
One report from Bridesville stated that the house shook and it sounded like a semi-truck driving by.
Power lines were also swaying.
The shaking lasted less than one minute.
There were no reports of damage, and none would be expected.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Campfire Bands Rescinded

Kamloops and South East Fire Centres lifted the campfire bans effective noon today.

Update - re comments:
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 governments for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Oliver Evac Orders Rescinded

Fire is calmer - Oliver residents who were evacuated can go home - still on alert.