Lots of lightning, few fires found

Recent thunderstorms keep Southeast Fire Centre staff alert

A map of recent lightning strikes in the Southeast Fire Centre.

The Southeast Fire Centre saw numerous lightning strikes when storms rolled through the Kootenays last week but only four small fires in remote locations had to be dealt with.

When lightning hits the ground, a tree, or a tree’s roots, is can be contained within a small area which smoulders and can spark a blaze long after the storm has passed.

Since April 1, a total of 49 fires have scorched 169 hectares and 28 of those fires have been person caused. Over the same time period in 2012 and 2011, there were eight less person caused fires.

On average, it’s an even split each fire season between person and lightning caused fires.

Information courtesy of the Wildfire Management Branch explains exactly how lightning strikes are tracked:

“The Canadian Lightning Detection Network (CLDN) is provided by Environment Canada. The system consists of a network of direction finders that provide complete coverage of the province.  Each direction finder consists of antennas, and microcomputers to detect the electromagnetic pulse generated by a lightning strike. Lightning data from multiple sensors is processed and the exact location of the lightning strike is determined.  A web-based system allows Wildfire Management Branch staff to view mapped lightning strikes within minutes of their occurrence.  The coordinates, date and time for each strike can also be displayed.”

An open fire prohibition, started July 8, still applies to the Southeast Fire Centre but this does not include campfires.

The prohibition includes the burning of waste piles, slash, or other materials; grass fires; fireworks; sky lanterns and burning barrels of any size or description.

Some areas of the Kootenays were cooled down by a short but intense rainfall last week but the hot, dry weather is expected to continue and those heading in to the forests are urged to use caution and adhere to campfire regulations.

 

 

Just Posted

West Kootenay highways a mess as heavy snowfall continues

‘Roads are very icy, people have to be patient and have to slow down’

Nelson-area man wants trapping laws changed after dog killed

Louis Seguin’s 10-month-old Australian shepherd died in a body-gripping trap last month

Snowfall warning across the West Kootenay

A strong Pacific frontal system had Environment Canada issuing a snowfall advisory early Tuesday

Over $25,000 raised for Columbia Basin literacy

Success for 2018 Books for Kids campaign

Castlegar water rates set to rise for commercial, industrial users; no change for single-family homes

Multi-family residences are also likely to see a price hike in 2019

VIDEO: Close encounter with a whale near Canada-U.S border

Ron Gillies had his camera ready when a whale appeared Dec. 7

B.C. Lions hire DeVone Claybrooks as head coach

Former Stampeders DC succeeds CFL legend Wally Buono

France shooting: 2 dead, several wounded in Strasbourg

A world-famous Christmas market was put on lock down on Tuesday

Canadian warship witnesses possible violations of North Korea sanctions

Crew members on HMCS Calgary took photos and collected other information

Christine Sinclair named Canadian Women’s player of the year again

This is the 14th time Sinclair has been named player of the year

Nearly 8,000 homeless in B.C., first province-wide count reveals

Twenty-four seperate counts in B.C. cities found there are thousands of homeless in all corners of province

UPDATE: B.C. judge grants $10M bail for Huawei executive wanted by U.S.

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Oogie Boogie, Sandy Claws and coffin sleigh part of B.C. couple’s holiday display

Chilliwack couple decorates their house for the holidays using Nightmare Before Christmas theme

Most Read