Effective at noon on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, campfires will be prohibited within the District of 100 Mile House. This prohibition will remain in place until September 30, 2014, or until the public is informed otherwise.
CARIBOO FIRE CENTRE EXPANDS CAMPFIRE BAN
Effective at noon on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, the Cariboo Fire Centre will expand its campfire prohibition across the entire Cariboo Fire Centre.
This prohibition will remain in place until September 30, 2014 or until the public is informed otherwise.
This step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. The fire danger rating is currently "high" throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, with some areas rated "extreme".
With the current trend of warm and dry weather, wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre may display aggressive behavior and require additional fire suppression resources. Human-caused wildfires can divert critical resources from responding to naturally occurring wildfires.
Open burning is also prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre. This prohibition applies to open fires of any size, fireworks, sky lanterns, tiki torches, chimineas and burning barrels. This prohibition does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseaous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimeters.
For a map of affected areas within the Cariboo Fire Centre, please check: http://bit.ly/W8ApY0
This prohibition covers all BC Parks and Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by fire departments. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting a fire.
Anyone found in contravention of an open fire prohibition may be issued a ticket for $345.00 or, if convicted in court, may be fined up to $100,000.00 and sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person may be subject to a penalty of up to $10,000.00 and be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
The Cariboo Fire Centre covers an area of about 10.3 million hectares, stretching from Loon Lake in the south to just north of Quesnel at the Cottonwood River. From east to west, the boundaries stretch from the western edge of Wells Gray Provincial Park to the eastern boundary of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, 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, go to http://www.bcwildfire.ca
You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:
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100 Mile House Fire-Rescue Response Stats
2014 Response Stats
2013 Response Stats
277 Total Calls
Rescue Calls - 86
Medical Calls - 103
Fire Calls - 88
2012 Response Stats
322 Total Calls
Rescue Calls - 86
Medical Calls - 139
Fire Calls - 63
Other - 34
2011 Response Stats
268 Total Calls
Fire - 47
Rescue - 95
Medical - 114
Other - 12
2010 Response Stats
259 Total Calls
Fire - 86
Rescue - 99
Medical - 65
Other - 9
2009 Response Stats
270 Total Calls
Fire - 109
Rescue - 101
Medical - 45
Other - 15
100 Mile House Fire-Rescue History
The Early Years
100 Mile House Fire-Rescue began as an unofficial brigade in 1954, after fire engulfed the Bridge Creek Estate Garage and 100 Mile's first movie house burned the previous year. In 1956, the official volunteer fire department was formed with Ross Marks as 100 Mile's first fire chief.
Throughout the years, garage sales, dances and other events have been held by department and ladies' auxiliary members to raise money for fire service necessities. In 1979, members raised $10,000.00 in only a few months toward the purchase of the Jaws of Life; and many vehicles, such as Rescue 11, have been purchased with dollars raised by the department.
The Department Today
Over the past few years, we have seen a steady increase in the number of annual calls. With this increase, the average paid-on-call member spends approximately five hours per week completing fire department duties such as weekly training and responding to emergencies.
100 Mile House Fire-Rescue has evolved from not only fire suppression, but now includes rescue services, medical aid, and public education and awareness programs. The department also has its own training facility that is fully accredited by the Justice Institute of British Columbia. The continuing commitment and dedication of our past, present, and future members enables 100 Mile House Fire-Rescue to provide the community with a high level of service.