Update on Wildfire Activity in the Southeast Fire Centre Print Article Font Size
According to BC Wildfire Service, substantial lightning activity last night started numerous fires throughout B.C.

BC Wildfire is responding to the fires that were ignited northeast of Golden in the areas known as Frenchman’s Ridge and Glenogle Creek. The Frenchman's Ridge wildfire is approximately 4 kilometres east of Golden, and is estimated at 0.60 hectares. The Glenogle Creek Fire is estimated at 0.02 hectares. Ground and air support teams are responding to these fires appropriately. More updates will be posted as needed. At this time, there is no threat to public safety or structures.

The Town would like to remind residents that the best place to keep up to date and informed of the current wildfire situation in the province is through the BC Wildfire Service at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status. An interactive map of active wildfires in the province can also be found on this site. Report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation by calling 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

Residents can also visit www.bcairquality.ca for information on air quality and smoky sky advisories and www.emergencyinfobc.gov.bc.ca  for emergency information and alerts.

Please note that if there is any information that affects our area locally, we will certainly share it with residents on this page and through our other media channels. The Town of Golden and the CSRD Area A have an integrated emergency management program, with the Emergency Program Coordinator that works to plan for emergencies that impact the local community.

Keep your family safe from wildfires and other emergencies by preparing in advance for a potential evacuation alert or order: develop a household plan, put together an emergency kit and connect with your neighbours. Learn more about wildfire preparedness and prevention, by visiting https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/prevention

According to BC Wildfire Service, as of Friday, July 6, 2018, Category 2 open burning is prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre's jurisdiction. 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.

This is in addition to the Category 3 open burning prohibition that was put in place on June 8, 2018. Both prohibitions will remain in place until further notice.

A Category 2 open burning prohibition does not allow:            
* The burning of any material (piled or unpiled) larger than a campfire (i.e. no larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high)
* The burning of stubble or grass over an area smaller than 0.2 hectares
* The use of burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description
* The use of air curtain burners
* The use of sky lanterns
* The use of fireworks including firecrackers
* The use of binary exploding targets

This prohibition applies to all public and private land unless specified otherwise, for example in a local government bylaw. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

At this time, this prohibition does not apply to campfires that are smaller than a half-metre wide by a half-metre wide or to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.

The Town of Golden and Fire Chief Dave Balding would like to remind residents that it is important for people to remain vigilant when having campfires as conditions are dry enough for a wildfire to flare up.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced 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.