Fire season is upon us

Fire at north end of St. Mary’s Reserve grows to 37 hectares

A wildfire on the north boundary of the St. Mary’s Reserve near LD Ranch Road was a cause for concern on Saturday

One of the first wildfires of the season occurred on Saturday afternoon, April 2, reports Karli Shaughnessy of the Southeast Fire Centre.

The fire started on the St Mary’s Reserve, near the north boundary, right beside LD Ranch Road just south of where it intersects with Olson Road, says resident Susan Bond, who lives in the area.

“It burned up the grass between the road and a small slough then spread into the trees and headed uphill toward a ridge. There was some candling on the ridge and it got pretty hot for a time, lots of smoke, but seemed to abate fairly quickly,” she said.

Shaughnessy says the fire grew to 37 hectares in size but was brought under control. Southeast Fire Centre personnel were still on the scene on Monday looking for any flare ups.

“The cause of the fire is under investigation,” she said. “It absolutely could be human caused. There was no lightning in the area.”

New regulations announced by the province have set new fines three times higher for fire infractions. For example, the fine for not complying with a fire restriction under the Wildfire Act has tripled from $345 to $1,150. Failing to properly extinguish a burning substance, such as a cigarette, will now cost an offender $575.

Rain forecast for this week should help out, but Shaughnessy says that warm conditions on the weekend did dry things out and the fire season is upon us.

“We ask people to be cautious when doing any outdoor burning. If you are doing large outdoor burning you must have a water source, hand tools, and enough people and equipment to assist if the fire gets away.

Burns over two metres by three metres require a burning registration numbers.

 

Just Posted

Local business giving back to the community

Earth’s Own Naturals is donating money from membership fees to give directly back to the community.

Craig Janzen running for Kimberley City Council

Craig Janzen is running for Kimberley City Council and hopes to be… Continue reading

Jason McBain making run for Kimberley City Council

Jason McBain is home again in Kimberley, and he wants to be… Continue reading

Coming soon: the Kimberley Fall Fair

The Kimberley Community Fall Fair is taking place on Sept. 29 and… Continue reading

Kevin Dunnebacke running for City Council

Dunnebacke is the owner and operator of K-Town Custom Auto.

VIDEO: Neighbours fear impact of B.C. tent city residents

Greater Victoria residents opposed to campers voice concerns at provincial campground

An unexpected sight: Bear spotted eating another bear in central B.C.

Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief finds bear eating another bear’s carcass

RCMP confirm death of missing BC teen Jessica Patrick

No details on cause were given. Case is under criminal investigation and police are asking for tips.

CUTENESS OVERLOAD: 2 sea otters hold hands at the Vancouver Aquarium

Holding hands is a common – and adorable – way for otters to stay safe in the water

B.C. teen with autism a talented guitarist

Farley Mifsud is gaining fans with every performance

Yukon man facing new attempted murder charge in B.C. exploding mail case

Leon Nepper, 73, is now facing one charge each of aggravated assault and attempted murder

B.C. man who left hospice to run in upcoming election dies

A week after leaving hospice to go to city hall to declare his candidacy, David Hesketh has died.

Tilray Inc sees $10-billion in market cap go up in smoke

Tilray’s share price closed at $123 US on Friday, a decline from its intraday peak of nearly $300 US earlier in the week

Breast density to be included in mammogram results across B.C.

The information is crucial in proactively reducing the risk of breast cancer, doctors say

Most Read