Southeast Fire Centre Fire Activity: Since April 1, the Southeast Fire Centre has seen a total of 260 fires, which have burned 515 hectares. The five-year average for this time of year is 256 fires. Situation Report: Since Aug. 13, there have been 62 fires in the Southeast Fire Centre. All of these were lightningcaused and are burning in remote areas. Currently, there are 35 active fires in the Southeast Fire Centre. Despite this surge in wildfire activity, there are currently no homes, roads or other structures threatened by any of these wildfires. The largest of these fires is estimated at 200 hectares and is located on the northeast side of Duncan Lake (see right). The majority of the other fires burning in the centre are spot-sized (0.009 hectares or less.) The fine for lighting, fueling, or using a campfire against regulations is $345. If a fire escapes, you may be held liable for all suppression costs. The Fire Danger Rating is mainly “moderate” in the Southeast Fire Centre, with several pockets of “high” fire danger in the Boundary, Kootenay Lake, Arrow and Cranbrook fire zones. To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663 5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions, or updates on current wildfire activity, visit:
N70405 Dunn Creek fire: This fire, 1.5 km east of the north arm of Duncan Lake, was discovered on Aug. 11. It is the largest of the 35 active fires within the Southeast Fire Centre and currently estimated at 200 hectares. This fire is burning in a remote area and is not near any communities or structures. BELOW: This is an example of a control line. Its depth depends on fuel type and soil type and it is usually not more than 60 centimetres wide. However, the depth of the line is always to the mineral layer of the soil. This control line is a result of hard work by crews on the Dunn Creek fire.
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These maps are current for Aug. 20, 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 make operational decisions.
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Most recent forecast for the Southeast Valid as of Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013
Southeast Fire Centre Statistics Totals since April 1, 2013: Fires to date: 260 Hectares burned: 515 Person-caused fires: 41 Lightning-caused fires: 219
2012 at this time: Fires to date: 115
Precipitation on Monday was confined to extreme northern sections of the Southeast Fire Centre, where a few millimetres resulted from light showers yesterday afternoon. There were also a few lightning strikes registered. The instability associated with this system has now moved east and a building upper ridge should lead to dry and stable conditions over the next couple of days. Patchy cloud associated with a jet stream overhead will show up from time to time, mostly across the north. The dry, westerly flow of humidity trends downward today, with some places going below 20 per cent, along with occasional moderate northerly or variable winds. Temperatures will be similar to those experienced yesterday. Tomorrow should be a couple of degrees warmer as the ridge builds. OUTLOOK: The ridge will continue to be dominant Thursday, resulting in another dry and very warm day with light winds. Thursday night and Friday morning, the ridge will break down as a disturbance moves up from the northern U.S. into southern sections of B.C. This will be accompanied by a good chance of thunderstorms commencing late overnight or early Friday. Another disturbance in the southwesterly flow, farther to the northwest, will affect northern sections later in the day. Temperatures will be several degrees cooler with mostly cloudy skies. Saturday should be drier, with weak ridging developing behind the disturbances in the southwest flow. Temperatures will rebound to nearseasonal.
Hectares burned: 340 Person-caused fires: 39 Lightning-caused fires: 75
2011 at this time: Fires to date: 87 Hectares burned: 36
6 to 10-DAY: Long range guidance suggests showers and thunderstorms on Sunday. Confidence is poor regarding amounts and locations. There is some chance of precipitation each day from Sunday through Wednesday when the axis of the main trough will cross the zones, ushering in a few days of mostly sunny weather with near-seasonal temperatures due to some flat ridging. There is fair confidence for somewhat unsettled conditions with scattered showers/ thundershowers Sunday through Wednesday.
BOUNDARY ZONE TODAY: Sunny. MAX TEMP. 26 to 28. MIN RH: 18 to 28 per cent
Person-caused fires: 32 Lightning-caused fires: 54
ARROW / KOOTENAY LAKE TODAY: Sunny with a few afternoon clouds. MAX TEMP. 25 to 29, the higher values to the south. MIN RH: 20 to 35 per cent
CRANBROOK / INVERMERE TODAY: Mainly sunny Cranbrook region. Patchy cloudiness Invermere region. MAX TEMP. 25 to 28, the higher values to south. MIN RH: 18 to 28 per cent
REVELSTOKE / GOLDEN TODAY: Sunny with some cloudy periods. MAX TEMP. 22 to 25. MIN RH: 28 to 40 per cent
FIRE INTENSITY RANK SYSTEM The Wildfire Management Branch in British Columbia assigns a numerical rank system (1 to 6) to wildfires in order to communicate or predict fire behaviour. The Fire Intensity Rank System makes use of established sets of visual fire behaviour indicators and rates of spread. This is a safety measure that also allows the Wildfire Management Branch to attack fires with the appropriate resources and manpower. These ranks are described below:
For more information on the Fire Intensity Rank System, please visit: http://bcwildfire.ca/FightingWildfire/firerank.htm
Wildfire Reporting Nearly one-third of all wildfires in B.C. are detected and reported by the general public. Public wildfire reports have resulted in immeasurable savings in property damage, forest resources and fire suppression dollars. How to Report a Wildfire: If you see a wildfire, please report it by calling 1 800 663 5555 or call *5555 toll-free on most cellular networks. Alternatively, you can report a wildfire to 9-1-1. What You'll Be Asked: When reporting a wildfire, a B.C. Forest Service operator will ask for the following information: your phone number the location of the fire what is burning (Brush Grass? Trees? What species?) the size of the fire how quickly the fire is spreading the colour of the smoke whether there are values or lives at risk
The details that you provide are critical in determining the type of response that the fire will receive from fire suppression authorities. Your help is greatly appreciated, since it helps us to allocate our resources efficiently and respond quickly to wildfire activity. Further information on wildfires, provincial fire danger ratings and forest restrictions can be obtained by calling our toll-free Wildfire Information number: 1 888 3 FOREST (1 888 336 7378).
Important Numbers Report a wildfire or unattended campfire
*5555 on a cell or 1 800 663 5555
Wildfire Information Line
1 888 3 FOREST
Southeast Fire Centre Information
1 250 365 4014 or 1 250 365 4056
Want more information? Visit our website at www.bcwildfire.ca
Published on Aug 20, 2013