Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The last bark..........

Ace wasn't quite himself the last few days, and the last bark was this morning. The only dog I knew that could be happy to lay on the floor at my place one day, and stand firm with a bark or a snarl  the next day when I approached his territory.
 The Baldy Bobcat house will feel empty tonight.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Campfire Bans

Campfires to be banned within Southeast Fire Centre
For Immediate Release


June 30, 2015

CASTLEGAR ����Effective at noon Pacific Time on Friday, July 3, 2015, campfires will be prohibited

throughout the Southeast Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect

public safety.

The campfire prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified. This

measure is in addition to Category 2 and Category 3 open burning prohibitions that are already

in effect. To learn about the differences between campfires, Category 2 open fires and

Category 3 open fires, please visit:

Specifically, prohibited activities include:

�� campfires, as defined in the wildfire regulation

�� the burning of waste or other materials

�� stubble or grass fires of any size over any area

�� the use of fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas, burning barrels or burning

cages of any size or description

�� the use of binary exploding targets

�� the use of air curtain burners (forced air burning systems)

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 Forest District and the Rocky

Mountain Forest District.

A map of the affected area is available online at:

These prohibitions do not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a

portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous

fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres. The use of a campfire

apparatus that does not meet these specifications is prohibited.

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 authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are

in place before lighting any fire.

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

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource


BC Wildfire Service

Connect with the Province of B.C. at:

Jordan Turner

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4014

Fanny Bernard

Fire Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service

Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4056
Media Contacts:
person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a


For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air

quality advisories, visit:

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

�� Twitter at

�� Facebook at

Monday, June 29, 2015

Heinz Strege - a name from the past

If you were here 30 years ago, this guy may look familiar.

News of the day...........

  • Severe thunderstorm and heavy rain watch - clouding over now, storm is on the way

  • We did get enough rain this morning to settle the dust

  • Emcon was improving the top end of the Baldy road today , gravel, grader, compactor

  • If you didn't see the update on the Whiskey Jack  Break-in a couple of weeks ago, the witness stories have been sorted out - the break-in was narrowed to Wednesday June 17th, the black truck and couple were Thursday night - cabin owners.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Fires after the Storm

Link to fire map:

Several fires have erupted today from the storm last night. Most closer to the valley, but two fires between Baldy and Conkle Lake. The smoke was spotted by two loggers around 8:30am. They fought the fire  by hand until the tankers came in after lunch. These photos were taken from Fish Lake Road West, in from Hwy 3. Larger fire is 7.5km by road from the Canyon Bridge. The fire was mostly smouldering, and I noticed candling around 12:30. The tankers are still flying at 2:15.

Stunning Light Show Saturday Night

I was listening, Maryann was watching, and Jayne Fletcher was taking photos. Thankfully we did get some rain after the lightening. Thanks Jayne.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Southeast Fire Centre Bulletin

Caution urged as fire danger increases in Southeast


For Immediate Release


June 26, 2015
CASTLEGAR ����The Southeast Fire Centre is asking anyone considering outdoor recreation

activities over the weekend to be extremely vigilant as fuels could easily ignite.

Following an unusually dry spring and with near record-breaking temperatures expected in the

region over the weekend, the Southeast Fire Centre would like to remind the public of the

elevated fire danger. The forecast for the weekend is calling for low humidity levels as well as

poor overnight recoveries, which may cause fine fuels to be particularly prone to quick ignition.

The southeast region experienced significant amounts of lightning on June 23, 2015, and some

of these strikes may have ignited and could result in holdover wildfires after prolonged periods

of hot and dry weather such as we are currently experiencing. As well, the current forecast

allows for the possibility of more lightning over the weekend. It is important that firefighting

personnel remain available to respond to these naturally occurring fires. Full co-operation from

the public is required in order to reduce human-caused fires.

Following are some key points to remember when enjoying a campfire or recreating outdoors:
�� Campfires must not be larger than a half-metre wide by a half-metre tall. Anyone lighting

a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from around the

campfire area and must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water available nearby

to properly extinguish the fire.
�� Do not burn in windy conditions

�� Ashes must be cool to the touch before leaving the campfire site.

�� All-terrain vehicles produce an enormous amount of heat and their exhaust systems can

easily ignite grass or brush. They should not be parked on grass or other areas where hot

parts of the machine are close to combustible materials. They should also have spark

arresters installed to prevent sparks escaping from the exhaust system.
�� Smoking materials, such as cigarette butts, should not be thrown out of vehicles but

instead be extinguished in an interior ashtray. When in forested areas or grasslands, it is

crucial to fully extinguish any such materials and dispose of them properly to help

prevent human-caused wildfires.

With Canada Day fast approaching, The Southeast Fire Centre is reminding the public that

fireworks are banned under the Category 2 Open Burning prohibition that came in effect June

24, 2015.

Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource


Wildfire Management Branch
Connect with the Province of B.C. at:

Fanny Bernard

Fire Information Officer

Wildfire Management Branch

Southeast Fire Centre

250 365-4056
Media Contact:

The Southeast Fire Centre would like to thank the public for reporting wildfires in the region

and for using campfires safely during this period of elevated fire danger.

To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a


For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air
quality advisories, visit

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:
�� Twitter at

�� Facebook at

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


I've never seen elk at Baldy, but six were sighted tonight heading in to the bush from the Sugar Lump lift line.

Snap, Crackle, Pop...........and it is only June.

Just walked through a  couple of properties on my patrol, and the pine needles are snapping under foot. Where my friends were raking, it was also pretty dusty. It is only June.

Think about it. For ourselves, and our neighbours, it is wise to do some fire smart clean-up on our properties. Bring a hose and a sprinkler with you so you can keep the dust down while you work.

Another Osprey Cam

New osprey cam in Osoyoos this year - show the kids - eggs have hatched - tiny one in the nest.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Neighbourhood Watch

I had a conversation this morning with a friend who lives in a rural subdivision not far from Baldy. Their community was targeted at one time - by circulating the vehicle description, the perpetrator was eventually caught. The problem some of the home owners had, was noticing everything that went missing, and providing accurate descriptions to the authorities when stolen good were discovered.

It doesn't take much time to walk through your home or cabin, and take photos, including photos of serial numbers.