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North Quadra Residents Divided About Wildfire Protection

National Observer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Dalyce Dogterom recalls the night a neighbouring house in Quadra Island’s remote community of Bold Point caught fire a couple of years ago.

She couldn’t see the blaze from her property, but the night sky glowed red, she said.

Residents’ calls to 911 brought out the police and the ambulance service to treat the residents for smoke inhalation.

But the Quadra Island Fire Department (QIFD) wasn’t called out because fire protection services in the less densely populated and more isolated northern part of the island falls to the BC Wildfire Service, Dogterom said Monday.

The provincial wildfire service does not fight structure or residence fires, but rather forest fires.

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Fire Protection: what’s next for North Quadra Island?

In the summer of 2017,  a North Quadra Island presented the SRD Board with a petition, signed by 523 residents, calling for a uniform set of fire prevention regulations for the entire island. This led to the survey, which was mailed out last February. At their June 10th meeting, the Electoral Areas Services Committee discussed what’s next for North Quadra Island

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Results of The North Quadra Island Open Burning Survey

According to Dalyce Dogterom, the current fire protection on North Quadra Island does not include private dwellings. On February 12th, the Strathcona Regional District (SRD) mailed the 240 property owners asking if the would like this changed. Little more than a third (84) of this number responded. While 64% indicated they were satisfied with their current protection, the  results of the North Quadra Island Open Burning Survey show a great deal of indifference. 

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Surge Narrows Community Wildfire Protection Plan

Read Island’s 2018 ‘out of control’ wildfire spread over 8 hectares. According to the Campbell River Mirror, the 2019 blaze consumed 34 hectares. The Strathcona Regional District (SRD) is concerned about the potential for fires on some of the neighbouring islands in the Surge Narrows as well. After consultation with Read Island residents, on March 12, 2020 their protection plan was amended to become the Surge Narrows Community Wildfire Protection Plan. 

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North Quadra Burning Forms Mailed

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

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