Wildfire 2017 Gallery (under construction)

This introduction is incomplete and will be further expanded and edited.

Please submit any photos of your summer during the fire that you would like to share in the Elephant Hill Fire Gallery to summerfire17@yahoo.com
JulyReReducWho would have thought when the first ominous clouds of smoke rose from the Gustafson Fire just out side of 100 Mile House on July 6th that a second fire starting as far away as Ashcroft would wreak such massive devastation from there to Sheridan Lake. Many of our friends and neighbours in Ashcroft, Loon Lake and Pressy Lake would lose their homes, ranches and rangeland would be devastated and thousands of hectares of forest would be totally destroyed. Both sides of Green Lake and Watch Lake were under evacuation orders for extended periods of time with many of our fire fighters from both departments staying behind to assist the RCMP, the Military and the Structural Fire Specialists in patrolling the area and in protecting our properties.
D11reduc The Elephant Hill Wildfire threatened our community, but passed by just to the east.  Just when we thought the danger had passed, a north wind blew the flames back toward Watch Lake and came close to attacking us from that end.B1The fire finally stalled at Sheridan Lake, causing an evacuation of the area and a stretch of Highway 24.Don SchwartzReFor most of us who live and visit the GLARA community it has been a summer of stress, inconvenience and the loss of a season lakeside activity. We can be thankful, however, that no lives were lost and no private property was damaged. Unfortunately, it will take a lifetime for the surrounding forests to recover.B2

New Fire Activity

I have avoided posting fire news during the threat to our community from Elephant Hill wildfire since there has been so much posted elsewhere. The South Green Community Facebook site managed by Cheryl Groves has had excellent coverage and updates. All I would have had time to do would be to repeat what was readily available there. The last posting I made regarding the boating incident during the first assault on the fire by the skimmers offended someone in the boating community and was branded with the Trumpism “fake news.” Twelve firefighters witnessed the “alleged” boater and the “alleged” planes, but I guess they were reporting “alternate facts”.

Today we have a current issue that could cause a lot of concern, but the fire has, for the most part, passed by on the east side of Mount Jim and Mount Jack. A flare-up to the north east occurred yesterday afternoon and drew a lot of attention for all of the services involved and even resulted in a false alarm issue that saw the beginning of another Evacuation Order complete with Military and RCMP attendance.

To set matters straight the Northside Fire Chief, Andy Palaniak, has issued the following activity report:

We had a very busy night last night. BC Wildfire had done an incredible amount of work securing fire guards along the north flank of the Elephant Hill fire in order to protect the Watch Lake Green Lake area. In addition to this they were dealing with many hotspots within the perimeter. The helicopters and skimmers have been working the maximum allowable flying hours every day. We were informed of a pending wind event yesterday and everyone involved, BCWS, Watch/North Green VFD and South Green VFD, were prepared as we could get. Unfortunately, Mother Nature has her own ideas and fired up the hotspots with the wind and pushed the fire in a north easterly direction thru Little Green Lake.
Your fire department spent the entire night assisting BCWS with water tender support and patrolling the eastern end of both Watch and Green Lakes. Some residents were evacuated.
The wind has died down this morning, but is supposed to be picking up again later today.
We along with BCWS are on top of the situation and public safety remains our number one priority. (Aug 30–6:45am)

Then, when we thought things were getting a bit better, this happened:

Williams Lake, B.C. – Effective immediately, the Cariboo Regional District has issued an evacuation order for an area south of Highway 24, including the areas of Watch Lake, Little Horse Lake, Little Green Lake and the western side of Sheridan Lake. Adjacent areas south of Highway 24 remain on evacuation alert and the alert has now expanded to include some areas north of Highway 24.

Due to immediate danger to life safety, members of the RCMP or other groups will be expediting the evacuation order. The evacuation route is: Highway 24 to 100 Mile House

View a map of the order areas here: http://bit.ly/2wp3kuk

View a map of the alert areas here: http://bit.ly/2wp3rq1


You must leave the area immediately.
Close all windows and doors.
Shut off all gas and electrical appliances, other than refrigerators and freezers.
Close gates (latch) but do not lock.
Gather your family: take a neighbour or someone who needs help.
Take critical items (medicine, purse, wallet, and Keys) only if they are immediately available. Take pets in pet kennels or on leash.
Do not use more vehicles then you have to.
Do not use the telephone unless you need emergency service.
Register with Emergency Support Services (ESS) in 100 Mile House at the South Cariboo Recreation Centre at 175 Wrangler Way.


Boating incident

​Residents and landowners of the Green Lake Watch Lake Area​

There was an incident on the east end of Green Lake during the Jim Lake fire that authorities have contacted me about and they are requesting information.
Specifically, when the water bombers were landing on the lake, there was a pleasure craft seen boating around the landing area of the bombers and basically interfering with the fire fighting efforts. The authorities are looking for any photographs or videos that you may have that show that the boat and planes. They want to determine how close he was to the landing area.

Please contact me or email me any photos or videos you may have. Your help is appreciated.

Just for your information, it is the law to remove yourself from the area immediately if aircraft are using a lake for fire fighting efforts. It is a criminal offence to interfere with approaching and departing water bombers.

Andy Palaniak
Fire Chief
Watch Lake North Green Lake Volunteer Fire Department
5771 Green Lake N Road
70 Mile House BC
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Age Friendly Society AGM

The VERY FIRST AGM (annual general meeting) of the Age Friendly Society of the South Cariboo will be held on WEDNESDAY JUNE 21ST, 2017 in the VALLEY ROOM (behind the 100 Mile Lodge) from 1 to 3 PM.

EVERYONE is welcome to attend! There will be entertainment from 12:45 to 1:30 by the Front Porch Band, a local favourite. Celebrate the accomplishments of “age friendly” over the past year and enjoy our traditional “light refreshments” with neighbours, friends and new acquaintances.

The event includes a “business” meeting where we share financials, report on progress and perform the election of the board directors. The purpose of the AGM activities is to maintain accountability to the members (that’s you!) and to the Society’s rules. Attendance at AGM’s indicates support for the work that we do. Although it may be much more fun to watch a gardening presentation or learn about local resources, it is important to show potential funders that what we do is supported by and engaged with our community. It is also a chance to get to know the steering committee members who keep the momentum and community connections strong.

Invasive Species Youth Activities.

Click here for Newsletter —> BCIS Newsletter

Age Friendly Event for May


Invasive Species News for May

Check-out the news for planned events for May. click here —> News for May

Ice Off!

Get out the water skis and fuel-up the boat, as of April 25th the ice is off and the lake is open.


Invasive Species News

ISC Read the latest news from the Invasive Species Council – click here –> April Newsletter

Not much snow left now.

Not much snow left now.

Dale and Bob photo.