A reminder to check the SCRD.ca website for updated official information in the event of an emergency event like wildfire. Coast 91.7 FM, our local radio station is a good information source as well. The station has a relationship with the SCRD’s Emergency Services Department.
Social Media can also provide information, but clearly should be referenced with an eye to the source of the posting.
In the interest of multiple media modes, here’s an excerpt from July’s Bootales Director’s Newsletter, written late June.
It’s dry out there!!! Beyond watering restrictions (www.scrd.ca/Sprinkling-Regulations) which we all should be aware of, this lack of rain has contributed to wildfires in nearby Horseshoe Bay, Nanaimo and Squamish. 40% of wildfires are human caused and preventable.
By the time you read this, if there hasn’t been significant rainfall, there will likely be a campfire and beachfire ban in Roberts Creek, to go along with Provincial restriction on all other burning. Check the Roberts Creek Fire Department website or call 885-6871 to confirm. Anyone found in contravention of an open fire ban can be fined up to $345 dollars. If you are found to be responsible for a wildfire, the fines range up to $1,000,000.
Roberts Creek’s rural interface setting and combustible material load make it particularly susceptible to an event. A quick call to 911 will activate both the RC Volunteer Fire Department and the provincial Wildfire Service if required. Last summer, a potentially significant fire was avoided due to citizens who smelled smoke and acted quickly. Should a wildfire or comparable local emergency event occur, the SCRD website (including a Twitter feed), and Coast 91.7 FM Radio are sources of reliable official information.
Here’s a link to how to make your property less vulnerable to wildfire: bcwildfire.ca/Prevention/firesmart.htm or drop by the SCRD office or the Roberts Creek Fire Hall to pick up a FireSmart guide.