Southeast Fire Centre Fire Activity: Since April 1, the Southeast Fire Centre has seen a total of 82 fires, which have burned 294 hectares. The five-year average for this time of year is 133 fires. Fires of Note: A Type 1 team has now taken over command of the Perry Creek fire burning 4.5 kilometres west of Winlaw. The new team brings with it the expertise to fill many roles on the fire. Crews have made progress and have established approximately 1,860 metres of hand guard on the east, west and portions of the south flanks. Ongoing Campfire Issues:
N50196 Perry Ridge Fire: This lightning-caused fire 4.5 km west of Winlaw was discovered on July 24. The fire is estimated to be 97 hectares. A Fire Information Officer is available at the Winlaw Fire Department to answer public questions.
There have been 129 incidents involving improper or dangerous campfire use in the Southeast this season. These incidents include unattended and abandoned campfires. Be sure to keep your campfire under 0.5 metres high by 0.5 metres wide. The fine for lighting, fueling, or using a campfire against regulation is $345. If a fire escapes, you may be held liable for all suppression costs. The Fire Centre will be closely monitoring precipitation levels, drying patterns and lightning this week. A campfire ban may soon be a reality if the region does not see adequate precipitation in the forecast. To report a wildfire or unattended campfire call 1800-663-5555, or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information on open fire restrictions or updates on current wildfire activity, visit:
N40217 Old Camp Creek Fire: This lightning-caused fire is located in a remote area approximately 90km north of Revelstoke, and currently has Rappel crews working to establish safe access for ground crews. Three helicopters are currently providing bucking support. Smoke from this fire may be visible from highway 23.
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These maps are current for July 30, 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 the Southeast Valid as of Wednesday July 30, 2013
Southeast Fire Centre Statistics Totals since April 1, 2013: Fires to date: 82 Hectares burned: 294 Person caused fires: 32 Lightning caused fires: 50
2012 at this time: Fires to date: 37 Hectares burned: 167 Person caused fires: 23 Lightning caused fires: 14
Limited moisture embedded in a slightly unstable northwesterly flow aloft (weak upper trough exiting east of the Rockies) suggests cloudy periods and a risk of isolated thunderstorms across our extreme east this afternoon and early evening. Otherwise fairly sunny skies should prevail with the region generally residing between disturbances today. High pressure building from the north and south supports clear skies tonight and mainly sunny, warmer conditions across the majority of the region on Wednesday. Patchy moisture embedded in a developing southwesterly flow could result in cloudy periods across our southwest Wednesday afternoon. OUTLOOK: The initial (relatively small) band of moisture spiraling northeastward from a developing upper low pressure over coastal Washington-Oregon is a risk (40% chance) for thunderstorms with gusty winds and limited showers across the south end of the region late Wednesday night. A following surge of moisture suggests clouds, sunny periods and scattered thundershowers with strong gusty winds on Thursday, the majority of the showers/thundershowers could be confined to the south half or two thirds of the region. The upper low should gradually continue eastward across Washington for more extensive (possibly heavy) showers and thundershowers Thursday night and Friday, once again favouring the southern two thirds of the region for the greater chance of thundershowers. Clouds, sunny periods and scattered showers/thundershowers are anticipated with the weakening upper low lingering over or just south of the region on Saturday. Temperatures will trend cooler, cooler than seasonal in most areas Friday and Saturday, the north end of the region could be warmer. 6 to 10 DAY: Confidence poor to fair, still much uncertainty on the timing and exact positioning of the weakening upper low pressure which could linger just south of the region for a chance of afternoon & evening thunderstorms/showers Sunday and possibly Monday. Lingering instability is still a risk for isolated thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon, otherwise high pressure rebuilding northward from the 4 corner states appears more prevalent for dry, mainly sunny and progressively warmer conditions Tuesday through Thursday.
2011 at this time: Fires to date: 31 Hectares burned: 26 Person caused fires: 20 Lightning caused fires: 11
BOUNDARY ZONE TODAY: Sunny with afternoon cloudy periods. MAX TEMP: 28 to 31 MIN RH: 18 to 35%
ARROW / KOOTENAY LAKE TODAY: Sunny with afternoon cloudy periods, 30% chance afternoon thunderstorm across the south. MAX TEMP: 28 to 31 MIN RH: 18 to 35%
CRANBROOK / INVERMERE TODAY: Sunny with afternoon cloudy periods. 30% chance of an afternoon thunderstorm, mainly along the Rockies and across the south end of the Cranbrook zone. MAX TEMP: 24 to 27 MIN RH: 20 to 38%
REVELSTOKE / GOLDEN TODAY: Sunny with a few afternoon clouds. 30% chance of afternoon thunderstorm along Rockies. MAX TEMP: 25 to 30. MIN RH: 18 to 38%
Taking the Smart Step Towards Wildfire Protection Forested and wildland areas are highly desirable places to live. What makes these areas so attractive, however, also makes them hazardous. Whenever residential, industrial or agriculture developments are located near wildland settings with natural vegetation, they are at risk of wildfire. As a result, it is vital that communities and residents take the necessary FireSmart steps in protecting their homes and properties from the threat of fire.
Because wildland forest fires are capable of spreading at an astonishing rate, and crowning forest fires can spread up to 5.5 kilometres per hour with spotting as far as two kilometres ahead, it is important that homeowners thin trees (3-6 meters between crowns) 30 metres from their homes. Shrubs, immature trees, and low lying branches (within 2 metres of the ground) should be removed.
The FireSmart program is an initiative focused on reducing the risk of wildfires around homes and communities. This program focuses on homes and communities in wildland urban interface developments, located within or near forested areas. To ensure that your home and property is protected against the threat of wildfire, the FireSmart Manual recommends that residents establish a ‘priority zone’ 10 metres around your home. This area should be free of flammable vegetation and other combustibles. Remove any shrubs, trees, and deadfall from this area and keep your grass mowed and watered. Also, make sure woodpiles and propane tanks are kept at least 10 metres away from the building.
Using appropriate building materials is another important step in reducing the risk of wildfire. Consider using fire-rated material when constructing or replacing siding and roofing. Embers from an approaching wildfire will often hit your roof first, causing a fire to spread to the rest of your home. To decrease this risk, make sure to regularly clean needles and leaves from your roof and gutters. Also, consider upgrading your windows to increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. Tempered glass is more fire resistant than single pane. To read the Homeowner’s FireSmart Manual online, please visit: http://embc.gov.bc.ca/ofc/interface/pdf/ homeowner-firesmart.pdf Also, try visiting: www.firesmartcanada.ca
Important Numbers Report a wildfire
*5555 on a cell or 1-800-663-5555
Wildfire Information Line
Southeast Fire Centre Information
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