Otter Point Firefighters Halloween Celebration Cancelled.

For over 30 years the Otter Point Firefighters have celebrated Halloween by providing a bonfire, hot chocolate, cooking hot dogs, filling candy bags for the kids and putting on a spectacular fireworks show for all to enjoy.
Sadly, with COVID this year, we are forced to cancel our celebrations. With limits to gathering and social distancing requirements it is not possible to continue with our normal celebrations.
We want everyone who celebrates with us to be safe and healthy. If we can conquer COVID this year we will look forward to seeing you all back next year.
Be safe and be happy. We will get through this together.

Otter Point Fire Protection and Fire Emergency Response Service Commission Vacant Position

The Otter Point Fire Protection and Fire Emergency Response Service Commission has a vacant position due to one member moving out of the district. The Commission oversees the budget and the oversees the operations of the Fire Chief. The term of appointment is 2 years and a commission member can stand for re-election at that time. To be eligible for appointment you must be the owner or occupier of real property within Otter Point. If you are interested or would like more information please email chief@otterpointfire.bc.ca

October 1st. Open burning is now permitted in Otter Point.

October 1st. Open burning is now permitted in Otter Point. All open burning requires a permit. Phone the fire hall (250) 642-6211  between 08:30 and 17:00 Monday to Friday to obtain a permit.

Permits required for Class A Fires. Greater than 2 Meters (6ft.) in diameter.

Premits required for Class B Fires less than 2 Meters (6ft.) in diameter.

Campfires and Incinerators with screens are OK. No permits required.

https://otterpointfire.bc.ca/burning-regulations/

 

Fire Hazard Rating drops to LOW.

With the substantial rainfall we have received the fire hazard rating has dropped to LOW and we are expecting more rain. If this trend continues open burning will be permitted in Otter Point starting on October 1st. Remember that All Open Burning requires a Permit in October. Please call the hall Monday – Friday to obtain a permit.

All Open Burning Prohibited in the Otter Point Fire District until further notice.

Class A, Class B, and Incinerators (Burn Barrels) are Prohibited   

Effective Friday, April 17, 2020, Following the recent Provincial Burning Restrictions. All open burning activities will be prohibited throughout the Otter Point Fire District to reduce the likelihood of human-caused wildfires, and help reduce the impact of smoke on air quality and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

The following activities will be prohibited, and these restrictions will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified:

* Class A  open fires; (Burn piles larger than two meters in diameter and one meter in height and any land clearing debris)

* Class B open fires; (Hand piles under two meters or 6 feet in diameter and a maximum height of 1 meter or 3 feet.)

* Resource Management open fires;

* the use of fireworks;

* the use of sky lanterns; and

* the use of Incinerators (burn barrels) or burn cages of any size or description

These prohibitions apply to all public and private land within the Otter Point Fire District.

 

Contained Campfires are still permitted. Clean, split wood only. 

* Campfires shall not exceed 1 meter in diameter and 1 meter in height. All campfires must be contained by a suitable receptacle made of fireproof materials (such as rocks or metal) that completely surround the fire. Fires are to be continuously controlled and supervised by a competent person until the fire is completely extinguished.

 

Link below for further information on the BC Provincial Burning Restrictions

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions

NO Open Burning allowed in the Otter Point Fire District Effective March 26th 2020

Further Clarification from our previous post.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, the BC Provincial Government has banned all Class A and Class B Fires. This includes backyard piles under 2m (6ft) and large land clearing piles greater than 2m (6ft) until further notice. This Fire Ban includes the entire district of Otter Point.

Contained Campfires are still permitted. Clean, split wood only.  

Link to BC Provincial government Fire bans and Restrictions  for more information

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status/fire-bans-and-restrictions

OPEN BURNING RESTRICTIONS for Otter Point Fire District EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

OPEN BURNING RESTRICTIONS ISSUED FOR ALL
HIGH SMOKE SENSITIVITY ZONES IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
(March 26, 2020 – Williams Lake) The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change
Strategy in collaboration with provincial public health partners has issued open burning restrictions for all High Smoke Sensitivity Zones across the province until Wednesday April 15th, 2020. No new fires may be initiated and no additional material may be added to existing fires. A map of affected areas is shown in yellow in Figure 1 and a high resolution image can be accessed on the provincial Interactive Venting Index webpage. Real-time air quality observations and information regarding the health effects of air pollution can be found at:

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-quality/air-advisories

Link to Interactive Venting Index: https://arcg.is/Wfj0z