Be fire safe please
During the 80th anniversary celebrations at Camp Tidnish this past Saturday, I had the opportunity to observe boat traffic on the Tidnish River. A number of vessels travelled up river past the camp during the hour or so that I was there and most were travelling at a safe speed but there were several who were either unaware that this is a posted river and has a speed limit or the operators simply chose to ignore the fact.
The sign posted beside the Camp Tidnish dock was newly placed two years ago. It shows a speed of 15 km/h, which is the maximum speed allowed on the river from the channel entrance by the camp, upstream as far as the waters are navigable.
There are also signs posted on the Tidnish River bridge and there should be one by the public launch ramp.
Travelling at speeds above this limit not only causes riverbank erosion but creates hazards for other boaters as well as for those who have their boats moored in and along the river.
While on the subject of marine safety, operators of personal watercraft should remember that you need a large enough machine to carry an observer and to pick up a skier or occupant of a towed device should it be damaged so unless you have a three-seater PWC, you cannot operate in this fashion.
Since my days conducting enforcement and education patrols, most operators I observe are very compliant with the Small Vessels Act but every now and then it helps to be reminded.
As the Small Vessel Regulation handbooks are no longer published, (the reasons for which I find less than convincing), individuals can go to the Transport Canada website and look up the Small Vessel Regulations on line.
How do you celebrate being allowed to return to your home after more than a week of being evacuated out because of forest fires? Well, you set off fire crackers in the still tinder dry area of course!
“There may not be woods nearby, but there are still many flammable materials.”
That’s just what one fool in William’s Lake, B.C., did this past weekend. RCMP in the community say they were called early Saturday morning to a residence in response to a call about fire crackers being set off. When they arrived, they found several empty fireworks canisters on the property and an apparently intoxicated young man who admitted having set them off in celebration of being allowed to return home.
The man faces some hefty fines for his stupidity, but I’m not sure they are stiff enough. I’d like to throw his behind in jail for a few days! The evacuation order may have been lifted, but a caution is still in place, and residence are still requited to be ready to get out again at a moment’s notice. The danger in the area is certainly not past.
Fighting fires, often caused by the carelessness of people, is a costly and time consuming duty that expends very valuable resources. The Province of British Columbia has already spend almost a quarter-billion dollars this year on fighting forest fires, and the costs will only go higher as more than 125 fires still burn across the province.
Things are not quite so bad locally, but it still concerns me when I hear the pop of firecrackers going off in my neighbourhood in the evenings. There may not be woods nearby, but there are still many flammable materials. Those restrictions on burning and use of fireworks are in place for a reason, folks; your safety and that of your property and mine.