Fairmont News

 

 

We just wanted to give you a heads up that our engineering consultant, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants (NHC), will be in the Fairmont area from today (Tuesday, September 17) to Thursday, September 19. They will be assessing Fairmont Creek and Cold Spring Creek by helicopter, on foot and using drones. We are gathering information on any significant changes that may have occurred in the creeks and upper watersheds during the debris flow events on August 12.

 

 

 

 

NEWS RELEASE – GOVERNMENT OF BC
Southeast Fire Centre

Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, Category 3 open fires will once again be permitted in the Invermere, Cranbrook and Boundary fire zones throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction.

As of this date, there are no longer any open burning prohibitions in place throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.

Anyone planning to conduct an open burn in the Southeast Fire Centre must do the following:

  • Before starting a burn, check the local venting index online: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/venting
    The venting index must be “good” on the day the fire is lit, and “good” or “fair” on the following day.
  • Follow the Ministry of Environment’s Open Burning and Smoke Control Regulations: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-pollution/smoke-burning/regulations/openburningregulation
  • Use safe burning practices: create a fireguard around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material. Never leave a fire unattended and make sure the fire is fully extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.
  • Meet all equipment requirements for either a Category 2 or Category 3 burn.
  • Anyone planning to conduct a Category 3 burn must obtain an active burn registration number ahead of time (at no charge) by calling 1 888 797-1717. Burn registration numbers are entered in the Open Fire Tracking System, which allows the BC Wildfire Service to track open burning activity throughout B.C.
  • Check with local authorities (e.g., fire department, municipality or regional district) for any local restrictions, bylaws or regulations.

The Southeast Fire Centre encompasses the area extending from the United States border in the south to Mica Dam in the north, and from the Okanagan Highlands or Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. The Southeast Fire Centre includes the Selkirk and Rocky Mountain natural resource districts.

Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre

From BC Wildfire Service

CASTLEGAR – Effective at noon (Pacific time) on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, Category 3 open fires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, which includes the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District and the Selkirk Natural Resource District.

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing this prohibition to help prevent wildfires caused by Category 3 burning and to protect public safety. A map indicating the areas affected by this prohibition is available online: http://ow.ly/MCfc30oUSsx

Specifically, prohibited activities that would constitute a Category 3 open fire include:

* any fire larger than two metres high by three metres wide;

* three or more concurrently burning piles no larger than two metres high by three metres wide;

* burning of one or more windrows; and

* burning of stubble or grass over an area greater than 0.2 hectares.

Anyone conducting a Category 3 fire anywhere in the Southeast Fire Centre’s jurisdiction must extinguish it by the June 12 deadline. This prohibition will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

This prohibition applies to all public and private land, unless specified otherwise (e.g., in a local government bylaw). Check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

This prohibition does not ban campfires that are a half-metre high by a high-metre wide or smaller, and does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

This prohibition also does not ban Category 2 fires, which include one or two concurrently burning piles up to two metres high by three metres wide each, or the burning of stubble or grass over an area less than 0.2 hectares.

A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a violation ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $100,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to up to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs, as well as the value of the resources damaged or destroyed by the wildfire.

The government’s natural resource officers and conservation officers conduct regular patrols throughout British Columbia and monitor high-risk activities. These officers work closely with BC Wildfire Service staff to investigate the cause of wildfires and any improper use of fire when an open burning prohibition is in effect.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north, and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west, to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

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Golf Fun Day Information

Fairmont Community Calendar

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Next FCA Meeting

Our next Fairmont Community Association Meeting is scheduled for:
May 18, 2019 at 10am at the
Fairmont Lions Den
Please mark this date on your calendars and plan to attend.
Thanks for being part of our Fairmont Community Association!

Fairmont Lions Club Hi Way Clean up!

Fairmont Lions Club

Hi Way Clean up!

May 11 Hi Way Clean up Day.
Meet under the sign at the entry of Fairmont, off Hi Way 93
10:00 am..Rain or Shine.
Safety vests will be provided..
Join the Fairmont Lions for a BBQ at the Den, following the clean up.
BBQ provided by the Fairmont Resort.
Tell a neighbour, bring a friend.
Call 250 345- 6583 or 250-345-2113 for information.
Please let us know if you are able to join us, so we have an idea of numbers.
Thank you one and all………

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