Fire Danger Hazard EXTREME

We have just moved the fire danger hazard to “extreme”. With three days of extreme fire hazard conditions comes the restrictions on high-risk activities. We are anticipating that at noon on Tues, July 13 the following activities will be restricted or banned.

  1. mechanical brushing;
  2. disk trenching;
  3. preparation or use of explosives;
  4. using fire- or spark-producing tools, including cutting tools;
  5. using or preparing fireworks or pyrotechnics;
  6. grinding, including rail grinding;
  7. mechanical land clearing;
  8. clearing and maintaining rights of way, including grass mowing;
  9. any of the following activities carried out in a cutblock excluding a road, landing, roadside work area or log sort area in the cutblock:
    1. operating a power saw;
    2. mechanical tree felling, woody debris piling or tree processing, including de-limbing;
    3. welding;
    4. portable wood chipping, milling, processing or manufacturing;
    5. skidding logs or log forwarding unless it is improbable that the skidding or forwarding will result in the equipment contacting rock;
    6. yarding logs using cable systems;

Click here for more detailed information on these restrictions.

Between now and July 13 when the ban comes into effect, a person must cease the activity between 1PM and sunset each day and maintain a fire watcher after work for a minimum of 2 hours.

Backyard Burning is Closing

Backyard burning of yard waste will be closed on Sunday, May 23 at noon. Campfires will still be allowed.

In making the decision to close burning, we consider the weather forecasts, the current fire hazard conditions for areas around us, and in-person assessments of local forest conditions.

For reference, a campfire is a half meter in diameter and used for cooking, warmth, or ceremony. Below is an infographic that explains the different categories of open fire.

RIP Chief Dale Chase (ret)

Photo: Bob Cain (1984)

It is with great sadness that I report that Retired Fire Chief Dale Chase died suddenly on May 3rd. Dale was Fire Chief on Hornby Island for several years in the late ’90s. Under his watch, HIFR (then HIVFD) was a vibrant group with a full roster of 30 active members. Chief Chase attracted a crew of young, enthusiastic volunteers and ushered in an era of professionalism not often seen in remote rural departments at the time.

Dale’s knowledge of rope work from his caving experience was a huge asset to the Fire Department. Members learned how to safely conduct rope rescues on an island with many cliffs and terrible rock. The knowledge that Dale passed on has been put to the test many times over the years and there can be no doubt that he was integral in helping make the Hornby Island Fire Rescue the superb organization that it is today.

Rest in Peace, Chief. We’ll take it from here.