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Cumberland Trails EXTREME WILDFIRE DANGER

Aug 4, 2021 | Environment | 0 comments

At issue is the forecasted hot and dry weather conditions over the August long weekend and beyond, with no significant precipitation in the forecast. With wildfire danger ratings at local stations already at Extreme, all users of the Cumberland trails are asked to be extra cautious and vigilant while recreating in the trail system.
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The Village of Cumberland and the United Riders of Cumberland, together with Mosaic Forest Management and Hancock Forest Management, are issuing a Special Public Trail Bulletin due to the escalating wildfire risks around the Village.  This bulletin is effective immediately and until further notice. 

At issue is the forecasted hot and dry weather conditions over the August long weekend and beyond, with no significant precipitation in the forecast.  With wildfire danger ratings at local stations already at Extreme, all users of the Cumberland trails are asked to be extra cautious and vigilant while recreating in the trail system.

July 29th marks the 43rd consecutive day with no rain for most of the southern weather stations in the Coastal Wildfire Centre.  This persistent lack of rain is causing our natural areas to dry out, and the probability of ignition and the rate at which a fire could spread have greatly increased.  The late June and early July heat dome, which saw temperatures reach 40o C, amplified these issues and the forests are in extreme drought and stress as a result.

The Coastal Fire Centre has maintained initial attack response to all reported fires but should fires begin to grow beyond initial attack capacity, response will be increasingly concentrated on fires where life and property are at risk, and to the protection of critical infrastructure.

The Village and UROC, together with Mosaic and Hancock, continue to monitor the situation and plan to re-assess potential public trail access restrictions in early August.  Any updates in this regard will be announced on Village and UROC online channels and at main trailheads.

At the order of the Village Fire Chief, a smoking ban is in effect for all Village parks and trails, in addition to the Village participating in the province-wide campfire ban.  In response to the escalated wildfire risk the Village’s Fire Department, Mosaic Forest Management and Hancock Forest Management are carrying out additional wildfire lookout patrols.

Trail users are also reminded that current trail conditions are loose, dry, and dusty, adding additional hazards to the trails.  Due to these factors, the hot weather forecasted, and the related extreme fire risk, all recreational users of the Cumberland Trails are requested to be extra prepared and cautious at this time. 

 

Report all smoke and wildfire observations by calling *5555 on a cellphone or 1-800-663-5555

Kevin McPhedran

Village of Cumberland

Metal Recycling at Kus-kus-sum

Metal Recycling at Kus-kus-sum

In the spirit of summer fun, Project Watershed is holding a contest to see who can guess the number of full bins of metal that will come of the site. If you want to take a stab at estimating, email Caila.Holbrook@projectwatershed.ca, or post your guess to Instagram or Facebook with #metalrecycling and #kuskussum, by Friday June 23rd. The closest three guesses will win a $25 gift certificate from the Peninsula Co-op. If there are more than three correct guesses we will draw three names from those who have guessed correctly.

‘Observation Challenge’ at Seal Bay Nature Park.

‘Observation Challenge’ at Seal Bay Nature Park.

“The Observation Challenge is designed to encourage people to spend time in the park and look for 12 ‘things’ along the 7.3-km multi-use Forest Loop trail,” explains Perrin. [The Coast Salish name for Forest Loop is ‘ʔayigən’, pronounced ‘eye-eee-gin’.] “My friend, Anne Smythe, and I had fun riding through Seal Bay to identify items and then I created a list of 12 clues. Things to look for can be natural or man-made and, with the exception of the first one being close to the parking lot, all items are located on — and visible from — the Forest Loop trail. We encourage all participants to stay on the designated trails and to practice the BCHBC’s commitment to ‘Leave no trace.’ Be sure to pack a water bottle and wear comfortable shoes because it takes about two hours to leisurely walk the Forest Loop.”

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