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Kamloops Fire Centre Welcome to the 2013 fire season! As of May 10, 2013, the Kamloops Fire Centre has responded to 38 wildfires consuming 433 hectares since April 1, 2013. May has been an interesting month for wildfires. The Spatsum Creek wildfire started in the gusty wind storm of April 27th and grew to 100 hectares. Crews worked that week establishing control lines and worked in snow, sleet and freezing temperatures. The fire was being monitored closely by personnel, as some areas of that fire were too rocky and unsafe for crews to action. On May 6, Ashcroft was Canada’s hotspot at 33.2 degrees and these breaking temperatures, windy conditions combined with the steep and rocky terrain contributed to the Spatsum Creek wildfire growing to an estimated 245 hectares. Crews remain on site, and have the fire 75 per cent contained. Open burning prohibitions will come into effect on May 15 in some areas of the Kamloops Fire Centre. See page 2 for more information. For the latest information on fire activity, bans and restrictions and current conditions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at On Twitter at: On Facebook at:

Spatsum Creek Wildfire—May 7, 2013

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Kamloops Fire Centre Restrictions Prohibitions: Effective on noon on Wednesday, May 15, the size of open fires will be restricted in most of the Kamloops Fire Centre to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public.This prohibition applies to all areas of the Kamloops Fire Centre except the Clearwater and Salmon Arm fire zones. Anyone conducting Category 2 or 3 fires outside of those two zones must extinguish such fires by noon on May 15. This prohibition will remain in effect until Oct. 15, 2013, or until further notice. The Clearwater and Salmon Arm fire zones will become subject to this prohibition on June 15, 2013, when all open burning will be prohibited throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre. Specifically, prohibited activities include:  The burning of any waste, slash or other materials (piled or unpiled).  The burning of more than one open fires of any size at the same time.

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 The burning of recreational and ceremonial fires that exceed the size specified for campfires (0.5 m x 0.5 m).


 Stubble or grass fires of any size over any area.

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This ban covers all BC Parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. Please check with civic authorities for any re-


The ban does not prohibit campfires that are a half-metre high by a half-metre wide or smaller, or cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. People lighting a campfire must maintain a fireguard by removing flammable debris from the campfire area, and must have a hand tool or at least eight litres of water nearby to properly extinguish a fire escape.


The use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description.


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These maps are current for May 10, 2013. For the most recent weather maps, please see These graphs are for informational purposes only and should not be used to base operational decisions



Most recent forecast for KFC Valid as of 0900 Friday May 10, 2013

Kamloops Fire Centre Statistics Since April 1, 2013: Fires to date: 38 Hectares burned: 433 Person-caused fires: 38 Lightning-caused fires: 0

SYNOPSIS: Two more days with the upper ridge of high pressure and surface thermal trough of low pressure over the area. Very warm, dry air within the ridge and thermal trough. The air above the morning inversion remains unstable. The upper ridge will remain Sunday morning but a weak cold front will mark the influx of cooler, moist and unstable air into the North Thompson and Monashees during the morning bringing showers and thundershowers with it. The upper ridge will flatten during the afternoon but will have enough strength to weaken the cold front as it pushes into the remainder of the region Sunday afternoon and evening. An upper trough of low pressure will move across the area Monday and Tuesday producing showers and thundershowers, with much cooler temperatures. TODAY: All Zones: Sunny. Wind light westerly becoming westerly 10 to 20 km/h during the afternoon. High 26 to 32. Minimum relative humidity 15 to 35 percent. TONIGHT: All Zones: Mainly clear. Wind westerly 10 to 20 km/h becoming light by midnight. Low 2 to 10. Overnight humidity recoveries 60 to 90 percent except 45 to 60 percent mid levels.

2009 at this time: Fires to date: 84 Hectares burned: 788 Person-caused fires: 78 Lightning-caused fires: 2

TOMORROW: All Zones: Sunny. Risk of isolated thundershowers late in the afternoon in the southwest corner of the region. Wind light becoming southwest 15 to 25 km/h during the afternoon. Fraser Canyon wind southerly 30 to 45 km/h with gusts to 60 km/h during the afternoon. High 25 to 31. Minimum relative humidity 15 to 35 percent. 3 TO 5 DAY OUTLOOK: Increasing cloud Sunday. Showers and/or thundershowers North Thompson and Monashees during the morning spreading southwestward during the afternoon and evening. High low to mid 20’s. Wind southwest 25 to 35 km/h and gusty. Monday and Tuesday. Cloudy with showers and/or thundershowers. High mid teens to low 20’s. Strong, gusty southwest wind.

2003 at this time: Fires to date: 21 Hectares burned: 45 Person-caused fires: 19 Lightning-caused fires: 2

6 TO 10 DAY OUTLOOK: Cool wet weather will persist until late in the week. Slow warming and drying for the weekend. VENTING: Poor below 1600 metres. Breakthrough temperature 25. Smoke drift light and variable. 4 DAY VENTING OUTLK: Poor from early evening to early afternoon through the weekend. Good early next week.

WINDS ALOFT: Light and variable to 2500 metres. Westerly 18 km/h above 2500 metres, CONFIDENCE: Good through late tomorrow then fair as the pattern appears to be shifting to more afternoon moisture faster than forecast.


Industry Resources Are you unclear on how or where to provide your company’s emergency contact information? What’s happening? The Wildfire Management Branch requests that all persons carrying out industrial activities scheduled between March 1st and November 1st of each year to let us know where the activity(ies) are taking place, when it is scheduled, and a 24 hour emergency contact number. This includes all industrial activities carried out by the oil and gas, mining, energy, alternative energy and utility companies [Clean Energy, transmission, and hydro] companies. Information is requested only for all manned facilities, occurring within 300 metres of forest or grass land. Also, we understand that plans, priorities and types of activities can change respecting planned and actual activities. If that happens, we request that an updated form is submitted right away to the fire centre.

Why are we asking for this information? First and foremost, this is a public safety issue. We would like to know who is out there, the location and type of industrial activity being carried out as it relates to the Wildfire Act and Regulation. Wildfire Management Branch needs to be able to warn people if there is a wildfire in the area. Secondly, this is a resource issue. We need to maximize our limited resources during fire season. For example, if smoke is reported in an area, and we know that a person is conducting an industrial activity at that site, or nearby, Wildfire Management Branch staff would already have the contact information and be able to contact the person identified on the form and gather more information regarding the smoke report, rather than dispatching a valuable resource (e.g. aircraft or staff) that could perhaps be used elsewhere. Finally, while it may seem like all stakeholders already provide this type of information in various forms about their activities to government, upon review, there is simply no way to collect the information from the different applications and amalgamate it in a way it would be useful to the fire centres. In other words, the information cannot be extracted from across numerous government applications at this time. The only exception to this is for those individuals or companies that have approved electronic Notices of Work FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:



Fine Fuel Moisture Codes The weather information is used to develop codes that are interpreted with regard to how dry the different classes of fuels are in the forest. From this, preparedness levels are set on a daily basis.

The DC is the Drought Code, measuring deeper in the ground. A number of 300 or greater indicates that the fire will burn deep into the ground, providing challenges to mop up.

The FFMC (Fine Fuel Moisture Code) is a code which measures the dryness of fine fuels (grasses, needles, etc). A number of 85 or higher indicates a good chance of a fire start from an ignition source. Once 90 or higher is reached, all the fine fuels are available to burn.

The Dgr. Class is the typical Fire Danger Class that is seen on fire signage. 1 and 2 represent Low, 3 is Moderate, 4 is High, and 5 is Extreme. A map of the current fire danger ratings is on page 3.

The DMC (Duff Moisture Code) measures about * If you have any questions about which station your should be monitoring, please contact your 10 cm into the ground and is an indication of company forester or fire zone for information. whether a fire that starts will continue to burn in the duff. A number of 40 or greater would indicate that a fire will continue to burn.

Deadman Valley Fire—May 9, 2013

Important Numbers Report a wildfire

*5555 on a cell or 1-800-663-5555

A number of resources are available on our public website under “Stakeholders & Wildfire Information Line side of the webpage.1-888-3FOREST Industry Partners” on the left-hand

Burn Registration Line Resources include the British Columbia Fire Hazard and 1-888-797-1717 Abatement Fire Risk Map, Danger Class Reports and information about Officer burning regulations. Kamloops Fire Information 1-250-554-5532 Want more information? Visit our websites at &


Kamloops Fire Centre Indices May 10, 2013


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