Wednesday 29 July 2015

Practice at the driving range

The perks of being with the QIFD. Impromptu Tuesday night practice at the golf course!

Tuesday 14 July 2015

Vistors to Quadra

A message to the Quadra tourist.....

  • Everyone is legally bound to report a fire of any type particularly during these extreme conditions, even small campfires. It is law. If you see smoke of any kind, you must report it by calling 1-800-663-5555 or call *5555. You can also simply call 911.
  • If a fire is traced to origin, the party responsible can be held liable for all costs associated with fire containment and all damages caused by the blaze.
  • Under these conditions, fires can start from some of the most mundane sources. Constant vigilance is the key.
    • Sun magnified through the lens of a pair of reading glasses (yes, I fought a 3 acre fire started this way).
    • the tiniest ember from a cigarette butt (if you can't hold it in your fingers, it is not out) .
    • two rocks striking each other generating a spark.
    • vehicles that have pulled over into tall grass (to look at a map or answer a cell phone) have mufflers and catalytic converters which can easily cause ignition.
    • I just read an anecdotal description of a plastic wine glass acting as a magnifying lens almost starting a picnic table on fire.
  • Almost all rural industrial activities have been suspended where where machinery and or hand power tools such as chain saws are in use.
  • Currently, there are no open flame fires of any kind (this includes candles). Fireworks are also prohibited. Contained fire systems such as camp stoves are allowed.
  • Everyone should be on high alert. If you spot someone acting in a careless manner regarding fire safety, there is every reason it should be stopped immediately. It can be done in a friendly and courteous manner. Even visitors to the island have a right and responsibility to be FireSmart vigilant. Here on Quadra, it is a rural lifestyle we cherish most and what often attracts visitors to come and stay. There are many isolated homes and hobby farms that are hidden from plain view. A small fire anywhere on this island will most certainly directly affect someones home and or livelihood.
  • Enjoy the island and help us all protect what we have.

Monday 6 July 2015

Total Fire Ban

Absolutely no briquette barbecues, tiki torches or propane fire pits are permitted. Propane barbecues and propane camping stoves are still allowed.
And just a reminder that all open fires are prohibited.
We would also like to remind all those that smoke to butt out responsibly.

Smoke on the island

We are experiencing heavy smoke in and around Quadra due to the many fires burning in the Coastal Region. Due to changing wind direction and speed it is difficult to determine how long the smoke will be in our area.
We would like to remind residents that all open burning is prohibited, this includes outdoor propane fire pits and torches.
We are encouraging residents to be diligent about reporting what they believe could be a fire. As the layer of smoke is thick at times, when calling 911 it is helpful to describe what you see (is it a haze of smoke or a column of smoke? Is it specific to an area or wide spread?)
Please continue to be cautious and watchful.