BC Hydro warns of high fire risk on reservoir flats south of Revelstoke

BC Hydro has advised that no fires are allowed on the Columbia River flats due to high fire risk posed by dry grass.

Revelstoke Fire Rescue responds to a grass fire at six-mile on Easter Sunday caused by a campfire. Report wildfires to the BC Wildfire Service 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your mobile. Photo: BC Hydro

With the warm weather this spring it is a good time to be out enjoying the flats south of Revelstoke, and the Arrow Lakes Reservoir Drawdown Zone Advisory Committee and BC Hydro would like users to keep in mind that no fires are allowed.

Dead grass burns easily and the fire spread quickly. Photo: BC Hydro
Dead grass burns easily and the fire spread quickly. Photo: BC Hydro

At this time of year the fire hazard is low in surrounding forested areas but conditions are very different on the flats. Last year’s dead grass and woody debris are bone dry and can catch on fire easily. A grassland fire on the flats can quickly spread to neighbouring homes.

The flats are lands within Arrow Lakes Reservoir below the high water mark that are exposed when the reservoir water level is low.

Report fire violations on the flats to RCMP. Photo: BC Hydro
Report fire violations on the flats to Natural Resource Officer tips line 1-844-NRO TIPS (1-844-676-8477). Photo: BC Hydro

These lands are a mix of BC Hydro, Crown, CSRD, and privately-owned land. The flats are available for both motorized and non-motorized recreational from the City of Revelstoke south to the Drimmie Creek fan.

Please do your part and help take care of the flats. Follow the posted Code of Conduct and report violations to the RCMP 250-837-5255 and the Ministry RAPP line 1-877-952-7277.