Chief Charlie Boyte's report for April 2012

Michael Boyle

It’s April and that means fire permits are required for any and all outdoor burning.

Our web-based method of obtaining your fire permits has been highly effective in making the permit system accessible to both permanent and part time residents. On our end it reduces staff time and allows us track and check the validity of issued permits from any computer or our cell phones. The system was introduced in 2010 in response to feedback from the community and was designed and implemented by our volunteer webmaster Sergei Petrov.

This program is a wonderful example of how community feedback can result in positive change. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you think there are other ways we can better serve your needs. We know there is a wealth of talent and skill out there in our community. Your feedback will help us tap this resource. You can use the “contact us” tab on the home page of this site if you have an idea to share.

The wet spring will result in a proliferation in the growth and volume of fire fuels (underbrush and grass). Long range forecasts indicate we will be facing a hot, dry summer and when these fuels start to dry out they will allow fires to start and spread quickly. Please remember to follow the conditions stated on your permit for all outdoor burning. Keep an eye on the web site for information on the fire conditions.

This website allows you to apply for a fire permit and pay online simply by clicking on “Fire Permits” in the navigation bar on the right side of the screen. You can also review the Burning Regulations through the tab on that page. If this online process does not suit you, just drop by Fire Hall #1 to apply in person, and get an update on current regulations and conditions. The administration office is open Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

If you purchase your permit on line please remember to print a copy and have it available when burning. Enforcement of the burning regulations is generally complaint driven. Tickets for infractions can be issued by Environment BC, regional district bylaw officers, the RCMP and designated fire department officers.

If you get a visit from the fire department we can check online to see if you have a permit. Other agencies do not have this capability so you must be able to show a valid permit if requested. Please also remember that you are responsible for any fire you light including any damages from an escaped fire.

Please burn responsibly and respect your neighbours. Smoke can be deadly to people with compromised lung functions or other health problems. A little talk across the fence can eliminate a health emergency or a complaint driven response by the fire department.

Thank you for working with us to ensure another fire safe season.


Forest Fire Threat Level

Burning is permitted
No permit is required
Regulations apply

member

Michael Dine

Deputy Chief
Technical Rescue

PIFR Members Only

For any Emergency:

call 911

Non-Emergency:

250 629-3321

administration@
penderfire.ca

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