When the South Quadra Fire Protection District was set up, in 1960, everything north of Hyacinthe Bay was left out. According to North Quadra resident Dalyce Dogterom, that’s roughly three quarters of the island. BC Wildfires is contracted to fight forest fires north of the line, but “they will not come on to private property.” At their January 29, 2020, board meeting, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) Board authorized a survey to determine if North Quadra residents want fire protection. Staff says the North Quadra Burning forms have been sent and are also available on the SRD Website.Continue reading North Quadra Burning Forms Mailed
Two years ago, many North Quadra Island residents woke up to the sound of explosions. The pre-dusk sky had turned red. A house on Bold Point was engulfed in flames. When the RCMP arrived, they discovered the main power line was down. Three of the occupants were sent to the hospital with smoke inhalation. As this part of the island is protected by BC Wildfires, whose mandate does not include structures, no fire department came to their rescue. All that remained of their home was a chimney. While this is an area better known for its forests and abundant marine life, there are more than 250 properties. At their January 29, 2020, board meeting, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) Board authorized a survey to determine if North Quadra residents want fire protection.Continue reading Impending Survey: Do North Quadra Residents Want Fire Protection?
Twenty years ago, Bill Friedel was embroiled in a night-long-battle to save a neighbouring Cortes Island property from fire. As they were in Tiber Bay, outside the protected area, the Cortes Island Fire Department did not intervene. One night last Spring, a downed power line “remained live for over 20 minutes and started several intense, small fires …” Luckily, these blazes were spotted before they spread. Tiber Bay is still outside the protected zone today and many residents are asking to be included in the Fire District.Continue reading Tiber Bay: Outside the Protected Zone
There were a number of educational sessions at Campbell River’s 2019 Disaster Preparedness Trade Show. One of the most exciting was Emergency Drone Operations.Continue reading Emergency Drone Operations
By Roy L Hales
There was a time when fire fighting meant just that, Things have changed since the record breaking fire seasons of 2017 and 2018. British Columbia is now paying more attention to preventive measures and education. On May 4 a team from BC Wildfire Service visited Cortes Island.Continue reading BC Wildfire Service Visited Cortes Island