Total Fire Ban In Effect

Total Fire Ban In Effect.

No Campfires, No Beach Fires.

Q: How and why does the fire department decide when to ban all fires including campfires and beach fires?

A: The decision of when to implement a fire ban is made using science and weather data. Why fires are banned during recognized periods of extreme fire hazard is in the interest of public safety, of preventing loss of life and property values.

Depending on local fire hazards or dangers, the weather conditions forecasted and the level of risk that campfire activity presents, partial or total fire bans are implemented. In extreme weather conditions, campfires present an unacceptable risk and detract from detection and response capabilities of brush fires by increasing the number of ‘false-alarm’ smoke chases, smoke smell phone reports, and nuisance fires.

The decision to ban all fires is made using weather station data from three nearby sites and local experience. We eliminate opinion factors by measuring the data from instruments that report a variety of readings such as temperature, humidity, and wind speed, as well as readings taken from forest materials to determine how much fuel is available to burn and it's moisture content, which help us determine how easily a spark could start a fire and how fast a brush or forest fire would burn and travel. When data reaches the known threshold point, all fires including campfires and beach fires are banned.

Though Fire Departments exists to respond to fire emergencies and accidents, we focus much of our energy on fire prevention in effort to reduce the risks posed to life and to property by backyard fire and campfires. Protecting life and property by risk reduction is the primary purpose of the total fire ban.

If you see a smoke column, please help us by gathering as much information as you possibly can: location or address where the smoke is coming from, how large the fire is, what type of material is burning (ie: brush, grass, vehicle, or structure), are there any persons at risk or bystanders that could help determine how the fire started, and finally call 9-1-1 to report this information.

Have a fantastic and fire safe summer! For further information please contact Steve DeRousie (250) 539-0835.

posted June 2015

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