Dry May

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Dry May

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You've probably already seen the signs that say high fire danger so as we head into another forcasted dry month I think it's definitely in everyone's best interest that caution be used in the backcountry, or even along road sides for that matter (don't throw cig butts out the window). Especially during the long weekend when lots of tourists come to the valley for camping, maybe give friends and family a quick reminder about the high fire risk before they head out. We've had lots of dry spring seasons and early summers in the past that usually get a big load of rain in June so maybe that'll happen this year but until that time let's all use caution and enjoy the nice weather!
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Also seeing some scary numbers come up off the Ministry site, this valley is rather dry. Seeing conditions right now that mirror conditions I was actually deployed in last July - 25 degrees and 28% humidity. It's shaping up to be a really busy season.
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The June rains will be here soon with some relief from the early spring hazard. :) Fires this time of year are not running crown fires of Rank 5 or 6. They are mostly confined to the ground in fine fuel types with the odd tree candling. It is certainly time to be cognoscente of fire use being sure to not leaving you campfires unattended and completely extinguish them before bedtime or when you leave.
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trapp wrote:The June rains will be here soon with some relief from the early spring hazard. :) Fires this time of year are not running crown fires of Rank 5 or 6. They are mostly confined to the ground in fine fuel types with the odd tree candling. It is certainly time to be cognoscente of fire use being sure to not leaving you campfires unattended and completely extinguish them before bedtime or when you leave.


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trapp wrote:The June rains will be here soon with some relief from the early spring hazard. :) Fires this time of year are not running crown fires of Rank 5 or 6. They are mostly confined to the ground in fine fuel types with the odd tree candling. It is certainly time to be cognoscente of fire use being sure to not leaving you campfires unattended and completely extinguish them before bedtime or when you leave.


Let's hope so. We were up Philpott today and weren't comfortable lighting a fire for a weenie roast. It's very dry up there.
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JLives wrote:Let's hope so. We were up Philpott today and weren't comfortable lighting a fire for a weenie roast. It's very dry up there.


I've all but given up on campfires. I have a portable propane firepit now. Allowed when the campfire bans are on so it's pretty much all I use now.

Can toast a fine weenie or marshmallow over it.
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Spring is the driest season of the year so let's not get too carried away yet. I think it will be a wet summer. Just a hunch really.

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I am often asked "what kind of fire season do you think we are going to have?" My answer "I'll tell you in September.

I am seeing more and more of the propane fire pits on my fire warden patrols. Many campers are using them even when there are no camp fire restrictions. They are very safe, used properly, easy to extinguish with the turn of a knob, and always completely out once shut off.
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Good news is there's a 100% chance of rain in the south east areas of BC tomorrow, 60-70% in the south okanagan and 40% in the central and north okanagan.
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That map looks pretty dry. It looks like the fire retardant is holding the line on the big fire right now...

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Lots of water bombers and choppers up my way since late afternoon. There definitely is smoke in the air, and it's very windy here in the North Thompson.
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Hurtlander wrote:Lots of water bombers and choppers up my way since late afternoon. There definitely is smoke in the air, and it's very windy here in the North Thompson.


There's a 20 hectare fire near Vavenby which is likely producing the smoke you are smelling.
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^^^Thats the one...
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trapp wrote:I am often asked "what kind of fire season do you think we are going to have?" My answer "I'll tell you in September.

I am seeing more and more of the propane fire pits on my fire warden patrols. Many campers are using them even when there are no camp fire restrictions. They are very safe, used properly, easy to extinguish with the turn of a knob, and always completely out once shut off.



You bet!!! Got my trusty Amazing Campfire in a Can, and have zero worry about not having a small fire before retiring for the night. Happy camping, everyone!!

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