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2013.06.24

Kamloops Fire Centre Rain does not result in a break for firefighters. Fuel management projects around the region have been tackled by crews who seize the opportunity to reduce wildfire hazards. This work creates a defensible space to protect communities from future interface fire incidents. It also creates a safer work environment for first responders. In partnership with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District, the Kamloops Fire Zone just completed a 5.8-hectare project at Maple Mission near Agate Bay Road. The Clearwater Fire Zone took part in another type of project when they partnered with B.C. Timber Sales to light a 5.7-hectare burn near Albreda (pictured to the right). Crews have also gone out of province to assist with wildfires. Airtankers from the Kamloops Fire Centre went to assist in Alaska, while a helicopter, rappel crew and regional wildfire co-ordination officer went to the Yukon. Adequate resources are still in place to respond to local fires. For more information about where Wildfire Management Branch crews are working visit http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/ News.asp. Open burning prohibitions were extended to include the Clearwater Fire Zone and Salmon Arm Zone on June 15. Any fire larger than a campfire (0.5 m x 0.5m) is now prohibited. If you are looking for an exemption, please contact your local fire zone office. With Canada Day around the corner, please remember to be careful in the backcountry. When that hot and dry weather returns, the fire risk will be rising alongside it. For the latest information on fire activity, bans, restrictions and current conditions, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website at www.bcwildfire.ca. On Twitter at http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo Facebook at http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Prescribed burn near Albreda Fire Zone

# of Fires

# of Hectares

Clearwater

2

1

Kamloops

31

1576

Salmon Arm

2

1

Vernon

7

4

Penticton

10

67

Merritt

13

10

Lillooet

6

8


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Kamloops Fire Centre Restrictions Prohibitions: Effective at noon on Saturday, June 15, the open burning ban was expanded across the entire Kamloops Fire Centre to include the Salmon Arm and Clearwater fire zones, in order to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect the public. This prohibition will remain in place until Oct. 1, 2013 in the Clearwater and Salmon Arm fire zones and until Oct. 15, 2013 in the Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton, Merritt and Lillooet fire zones, or until the public is informed otherwise. A map of the affected areas is available online at: http://bit.ly/1952BMI Specifically, this open fire prohibition applies to: 

the burning of any waste, slash or other materials

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the burning of stubble or grass

the use of fireworks, sky lanterns or burning barrels of any size or description 

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a halfmetre high by a half-metre wide (or smaller) and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes. This prohibition covers all B.C. parks, Crown lands and private lands, but it does not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws in place and is serviced by a fire department. Before lighting any fire, residents should check with local civic authorities regarding any current prohibitions. To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cell phone or call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free.

Fireworks are also prohibited under the open burning restrictions


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Fire Danger Rating

Precipitation

Temperature

Relative Humidity

These maps are current for June 23, 2013. For the most recent weather maps, please see www.bcwildfire.ca/weather These graphs are for informational purposes only and should not be used to base operational decisions

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Most recent forecast for KFC Valid as of 0930 Monday, June 24

Kamloops Fire Centre Statistics Since April 1, 2013: Fires to date: 71 Hectares burned: 1666 Person-caused fires: 64 Lightning-caused fires: 7

2009 at this time: Fires to date: 257 Hectares burned: 8864 Person-caused fires: 146 Lightning-caused fires: 111

2003 at this time: Fires to date: 94 Hectares burned: 88 Person-caused fires: 32 Lightning-caused fires: 62

SYNOPSIS: An upper low in the eastern Pacific will be parked in that position for the next few days. With moisture being pumped into the region, troughs in the flow around the low will bring showers and thunderstorms to the region today, tomorrow and Wednesday. On Thursday, an upper high in the southwestern U.S. will push a ridge into southeastern B.C. and stabilize the air mass, which will bring warmer temperatures and sunny skies heading into the weekend. TODAY: Subsident Zone, North Thompson and Monashees: Mainly cloudy with showers or thunderstorms. Possible locally heavy rainfall up to 10 mm. Winds south to southwest 20 km/h and south 40 gusting 70 in the Fraser Canyon. High temperatures 20 to 24 and RH values falling to 40 to 55 per cent. TONIGHT: Subsident Zone, North Thompson and Monashees: Mainly cloudy with showers or thunderstorms. Winds south to southwest 10 to 20 km/h. Overnight low temperatures 14 to 18 and RH recoveries to 75 to 90 per cent. TOMORROW: Mainly cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of showers and a risk of an afternoon or evening thunderstorm. Winds southwest to southeast 20 km/h and south 40 gusting 70 km/h in the Fraser Canyon. High temperatures 18 to 22 and RH values falling to 35 to 50 percent. 3 TO 5 DAY-OUTLOOK: Showers in upslope areas on Wednesday with partly cloudy skies elsewhere. Winds southwest 20 km/h and temperatures in the mid to upper 20s. Thursday and Friday will be mainly sunny with a risk of upslope showers on Friday. Winds southwest 20 km/h and temperatures in the high twenties to low 30s. 6 TO 10 DAY-OUTLOOK: Continuing warm and dry. VENTING: Poor this morning below 800 metres, otherwise good. Inversion breakdown temperature 17. Plume drift north 10 km/h. 4-DAY VENTING OUTLOOK: Poor mid-evening until mid-morning, otherwise good through Wednesday becoming fair to good on Thursday under an upper ridge. WINDS ALOFT: Afternoon winds light and variable below 1,000 metres, south 20 to 35 km/h between 1,000 and 2,500 metres and variable at 20 to 35 km/h above 2,500 metres. CONFIDENCE: Fair to good.

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Topographical maps go mobile Recreationalists and resource professionals now have an easier way to explore B.C.'s wilderness. GeoBC has created a series of free, highresolution topographical maps specifically designed for viewing on mobile devices. GeoBC's popular Terrain Resource Information Management (TRIM) base map series has been redesigned to enable the GPS georeferencing functionality associated with mobile devices and allow users to zoom into small areas of the new maps without compromising detail. Over 7,000 free maps covering the entire province of British Columbia (at a scale of 1:20,000) are now available as downloadable PDF files through GeoBC's Base Map Online Store or through its popular KML viewer (with TIFF versions coming soon). The attractive and easy-to-use maps feature elevation contours, roads, railways, airports, transmission lines, population centres, built-up areas, municipal and regional boundaries, lakes, waterways, wetlands, wooded areas, trails, campgrounds, coastlines, parks, protected areas, place names and local landmarks. This new generation of TRIM maps is optimized for use on mobile devices, including iPhones, iPads and Android tablets and smartphones. The maps are "spatially aware", so they show the user's current location if the mobile device has GPS capability. When users open a downloaded PDF map for their current location, their starting position is automatically marked and they can track their movements on the map as they explore the area. This feature is not only useful for hikers, campers, anglers, hunters and snowmobilers, but also for researchers, engineers, biologists, archaeologists, geologists, miners, search and rescue crews, foresters and community planners. Field professionals can save time and increase productivity by plotting points of interest on the downloaded PDF and then add notes, diagrams, drawings or other annotations on separate layers using a standard PDF reader. Quick Facts:

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GeoBC's new TRIM map series is optimized for viewing on mobile devices, but it is not a mobile app. The maps are downloaded onto a desktop or laptop computer (currently as Adobe PDF files, with other formats coming online soon) and then transferred to mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets. The maps are popular in rural areas where web-based map applications, such as Google Maps, may not be available due to limited Internet access. The maps have been optimized to retain detail at high magnifications without losing detail.

There are 7,027 maps at the 1:20,000 scale available online through GeoBC, covering every area of the province. Another series of 1:250,000 scale maps is in development. Learn More: GeoBC's index of new 1:20,000 topographical maps (Google Earth overlay): http://geobc.gov.bc.ca/ Topographic_Maps_KML_Viewer.html GeoBC homepage: http://geobc.gov.bc.ca/index.html


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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 10 cm into the ground and is an indication of 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.

* If you have any questions about which weather station you should be monitoring, please contact your company forester or local fire zone for information.

Anarchist Mountain Fire June 12, 2013 Caused by a vehicle accident. Approximately 60 hectares in size Kamloops Fire Centre assisted local fire department Spatsum Creek Fire—May 16, 2013

Important Numbers Report a wildfire

*5555 on a cell or 1 800 663-5555

Wildfire Information Line

1 888 3FOREST

Burn Registration Line

1 888 797-1717

Kamloops Fire Information Officer

1 250 554-5965

Want more information? Visit our websites at bcwildfire.ca & firesafebc.ca


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Kamloops Fire Centre Indices June 24, 2013

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