Welcome to the first of a special series of Folk U Radio done in partnership with Cortes Currents that takes the Folk University model of slow learning, local knowledge sharing, and neighbours sharing with neighbours and combines it with Cortes Currents commitment to covering the news most relevant to our communities at this time. This show is brought to you by the Local Journalism Initiative. – the program funded by Heritage Canada and administered through the Community Radio Fund of Canada .
As smoke fills the air and people told to close the windows after being told to open them to air out viral loads during the pandemic, the question forefront on many minds is “Are we prepared for what’s coming?”
Continue reading Are you prepared? The role of citizens in creating communities resilient to Wildfire and other Hazards Emergencies
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.
Continue reading North Quadra Residents Divided About Wildfire Protection
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.
Continue reading Results of The North Quadra Island Open Burning Survey
The official BC Wildfire map is now online. While the disclaimer says data “is updated when practicable and the occurrence of individual fire updates will vary,” it provides members of the public with a relatively up to date picture of what’s happening around the province.
Continue reading BC Wildfire Map is Now Online
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