Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Community Burn Pile

The community burn pile is used by permission, and the cost of maintaining the pile and burning it after the snow comes is paid by Strata KAS 1840.

The intent of this pile is to provide an off site location for forest fuels cleaned up from village properties. 

Please make an effort to back well in to the site before off loading - the more trips a machine has to go to push the piles together, the more it costs us.

It is not a dumping site. It is not a RDKB site for construction debris, or for the use of those who are not part of the Baldy Community.

Provincial Fire Danger Rating from today

Keremeos - Cawston Alerts

The ash we had at Baldy last night was apparently from the Snowy Mountain fire which has been growing and fanned by winds. The fire is moving in the general direction of Cawston and Keremeos, and evacuation alerts were issued today.


Global story from today..........

More Tuesday..........

Sky above the community garden in Oliver this afternoon  - darker sky to the north, and rumbles of thunder.

Sky above the entrance to the ski area.

Just a reminder - no fires.


On the mountain today....

  • more cabin owners cleaning their property
  • two guys working on the Dodge with 5 supervisors....
  • Global vehicle - will check later to post their piece on the blog

Sunday, July 29, 2018

OOSAR on the Mountain This Afternoon

Oliver-Osoyoos Search and Rescue uses the Amateur Radio Club's repeater on the top of Baldy. A group came up this afternoon to work on the repeater, and three members went in the Wapiti FSR with quads to look at the area where lost skiers tend to end up.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Top of the lump today.........

Marie Fletcher photos.

Little Fish Lake is full............

Marie Fletcher Photos.

Dead trees........

The dead trees are more obvious without the snow - first shot is glades beside Dividend, others are bottom of Forney's.

Soft start?

I've been hearing brush saws some mornings - went to check it out this afternoon. There is no point putting a crew on too early while the alder is in it's growing phase. It appears that a couple of saws have started some trimming. Lower Rock Star, Lower Shaft have had some work.

Dividend and some other areas are looking good without being cut.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Your questions about the detour.................

I have had many inquiries about the road closure issue. Maybe this will help.

The road to Baldy from Oliver is generally referred to as McKinney Road, or Camp McKinney Road. It is open and fine.

The road to Baldy from Highway #3 at the Rock Creek Canyon Bridge is generally referred to as the Baldy Road, although Google maps will call it “Canyon Road” for the first bit, then “Mt. Baldy Road” starting from the junction with “North Canyon Road” – at the base of the dusty washboard hill. (North Canyon Ranch)

After months of single lane traffic past a road failure on Canyon/Baldy Road, the powers that be now have deemed it unsafe, but have not indicated when they plan to repair it.

There is a detour – North Canyon Road. Instead of turning off the highway at the usual spot, the turn is just past the other end of the bridge – “North Canyon Road” It will take you down a second canyon and up the other side, meeting up with the Baldy Road. The detour is in decent shape – just a little narrower.

Exploring the region........Sidley Meadow, Lamont Rd.

One of those days it would be fun to have an ATV and tag along. Great photos thanks Marie.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Air Quality.....OK

The smoke has been hanging around in the valley - but so far, the breathing is good up here. A little hazy, but much better than down below.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

One of the recent 5.........

Quick shot of the fire site beside McKinney Road. Wolf Cub FSR looks extremely dusty - not going up there to see the other sites.

Tuesday on the mountain.............

Thanks Marie for today's photos - I didn't take any of those four legged mooing creatures - didn't want to upset the Cow Whisperer.

No More Campfires - Ban in effect noon July 26th

Campfires to be prohibited throughout the Southeast
CASTLEGAR - Effective at noon Pacific time on Thursday, July 26, 2018, campfires will be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.
This campfire ban will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

The Southeast Fire Centre is currently experiencing hot and dry conditions. The fire danger rating is "moderate" in some areas, with larger areas rated "high" and "extreme". Forest fuels are drying out quickly, and hot weather and dry lightning are in the forecast. It is crucial to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires, so the BC Wildfire Service can deal with any naturally occurring fires that start in the region.

This prohibition applies to all public and private land unless specified otherwise - for example, in a local government bylaw. Please check with local government authorities for any other restrictions before lighting any fire.

The following activities are also prohibited:

* the use of outdoor stoves and portable campfire apparatuses that are not CSA-approved or ULC-approved

* the use of chimneas, air curtain burners, sky lanterns, fireworks, firecrackers, burn barrels or burn cages of any size or description

* the use of tiki torches and similar kinds of torches

* the use of binary exploding targets (e.g. for rifle target practice)

These prohibitions do not apply to CSA-rated or ULC-rated cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, so long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

Prohibitions on larger Category 2 and Category 3 open fires remain in effect throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.

To learn about the differences between campfires, Category 2 open fires and Category 3 open fires, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans

Review the open fire regulations poster at: www.gov.bc.ca/openfireregs

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

A map of the area affected by these prohibitions is available online at: http://ow.ly/qjql30l6drO

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to Mica Dam in the north, and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east.

Report a wildfire or open burning violation by calling 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: bcwildfire.ca

You can follow the latest B.C. wildfire news:



Carlee Kachman
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 365-4056

Ashley Davidoff
Fire Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service
Southeast Fire Centre
250 365-4014

Connect with the Province of B.C.

Baldy Road Closed tomorrow - 1km from the Canyon Bridge

Detour via North Canyon road - Baldy Road closing at 1km until further notice. No estimated time of repair.

Thanks to ODN for the link............

We see them at the side of the road coming to Baldy - some are pretty, but many are invasive species. Here is a great identification website:



It took me decades to adapt and call Tod Mountain by the Sun Peaks name. It will be a very long time before I refer to Hemlock as "Sasquatch." I took a drive up there Thursday evening.

Wise choice to do so without the trailer behind - so many 20km per hour corners, and they have their potholes and washboard too.

I wish I had taken a photo of other parts of this installation - part of a BC Hydro run of the river power project.

Monday, July 23, 2018

You have to smile when you think about Joan...........

They gave her 4 months to live, and she managed another 8 years. The Doctors said the end was near so many times - but they likely had never encountered a strong fighter like Joan - I wonder if the oncologists found out that the secret to longevity included regular doses of Jackson Triggs.

Joan was a very proud mother and grandmother, and cherished the extra time she had with her family.

Several years ago, Joan made her plans for end of life, and her sons are in the process of following through with her wishes. There will be a Celebration of Life in Oliver - at a later date. Her grandchildren were just here to see Gramma, and the timing of the celebration will work around their travel to come back.

There is sadness, and some tears, but Joanie is at peace, and our memories will keep us laughing and smiling for a long time.

I am collecting photos for the family - here are a few for you to enjoy.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Red Dots Gone

The cluster of fires in the vicinity of Wolf Cub Creek are now all listed as "inactive."

Sad Chapter, "The Chronicles of Mount Hairy"

Gramma Joan, Joanie, Mom,"Joan of Clarke" , "The Witch".........you were one of a kind dear friend - rest in peace.

More info and photos tomorrow after I have talked directly to the family.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Royal Roads......Jimmie Spencer


Wolf Cub - Five Red Dots Down to Four

The BC Wildfire Map this morning shows one less fire in the Wolf Cub Creek area. It appears that the "human caused" fire by the road is out, and the lightning caused, and two listed without probable cause are still warm. The size listed for each fire is relatively small.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Chimneys and Floor Plans

There have been plenty of examples in the village of what happens when chimney placement is not well planned. Too far from the peak and being damaged or taken off by the snow - offsets too tight for a chimney brush to flex, flues outside the building where they aren't warm enough and build up creosote. All avoidable if the floor plan is made after the best location for the chimney is selected.

One owner at another ski hill has a unique solution..........

Fire Map Link Fixed

Thanks for the heads up Bryan Gough- the sidebar link to the BC Wildfire Map has been fixed.
You can click on the fire icons for details about each fire.

Thank you Jimmie Spencer - we're all going to miss you...........

Jimmie led the Canada West Ski Areas Association for 32 years, and it would be impossible to detail his contributions to the industry in a blog post.

When Borderline Ski Club took over operating Baldy after a foreclosure in the mid-eighties, Jimmie was extremely helpful to the Club, and made a phone call on our behalf to get our insurance in place in time for the lifts to turn on opening day.

During my term as GM of Baldy, I knew Jimmie to be a trusted advisor who treated all with respect whether you were a senior exec of a major resort, or a volunteer with a struggling small ski area.

More later.......here is the castanet story


CWSAA Tribute


McKinney Road - Old Camp McKinney Road

Three new spot fires near our road to town. BC Wildfire lists them as small, but no suspected cause listed. ODN refers to a request for water tenders very early this morning.

If you are heading to town today - I would like to post your photos.

Flashback to 2003 - Gerry Zimmerman

Interesting comments from Gerry Zimmerman.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Those Hashtags - Today's Social Media Rant

Do you know what happens when you use a hashtag?

If you have posted a photo on your personal Facebook or Instagram page, and used the hashtag baldymountainresort, guess where it shows up. Check the BMR facebook page - photos and community sections.


Heading to Kelowna?

There is plenty of fire activity in the valley - including evacuations in the Peachland area - Highway 97 currently 1 to 2 hour delays with escorted single lane traffic. Check drivebc.ca before you go - so far Highway 33 is likely your best bet.

Castanet seems to be pretty up to date with their fire postings - there is a BC Wildfire link on the sidebar - they changed their website a couple of years ago, and I find the new one a little less user friendly.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Team Baldy - Successful Search

Men working at the top of the mountain today, talked to a male from the USA who had hiked to the top of the mountain. He left the top around 11:00am saying he was headed to Penticton. When the crew came down the mountain 9 hours later, the fellow's truck was still parked - with the guy's gear inside. He had already spent last night on the mountain after getting his vehicle stuck.

Kudos to the workers for raising the concern , and providing detailed helpful information. They called RCMP and Search and Rescue was ready to come up.

The Baldy locals came through again, successfully finding the fellow who had turned himself back in the right direction - Kevin picked him up about 1.5 km from his vehicle as it was getting dark.

Thanks to Dianne, Kevin, Terry, Andy and Sam for their contributions to the successful conclusion.

FYI - when you ride with Andy in the side by side it is not nearly as scary as riding with MMT.

And the red dots on the map multiply...........

Lots of smoke visible to the south - windows still open.

*new Placer Mountain Fire:

Traffic issues near Peachland - heavy smoke.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Electrical Storm July 17th Sparks Okanagan Similkameen Fires

Multiple fires were sparked yesterday afternoon after a storm with lots of lightning and little moisture. 

We did not get the storm at Baldy, but I was up after midnight last night closing windows as the smoke smell was fairly strong.

Castanet has some good photos - the most disturbing to me is the one of a water skier with lightning in the background.

BC Wildfire Map tells the story this morning.

Logging and No Fish Update from Bryan Gough

Your recent pics of current logging along the Baldy road near 9km prompted me to do some digging, and Timber Sale A93521, comprised of four blocks, appears to be the explanation. Block 2 is the one currently being logged. I do not know if or when the other blocks are or will be logged.

My last visit to No Fish Lake was about a week ago but the water level was still well over the access road. Maybe another week of hot and dry weather will reveal the road , and I may be able to open the road at least into the north end so long as, hopefully, the Forestry doesn’t implement crown land access restrictions as they did last year.

Road side fire start.........

Yesterday, Black Sage Road, this morning - Highway 97 near Kaleden.


Baldy Mailing Addresses

Our mailing address was changed one year ago today. Many of us were unable to change our addresses on our Driver's Licenses after multiple trips to the licensing office.

I tried again this morning.............yahoo

Address change BC now accepts our Mount Baldy address.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Hot Afternoon for our friends in the OFD

Fire started beside Black Sage Road this afternoon, in the general area of the landfill. Great work by the OFD, assisted by vineyard workers and forestry. One helicopter was bucketing for awhile.

Disturbing conclusion.............

Twenty-nine wildfires in the Okanagan are under investigation - all deliberately set, and believed to be connected. Keeping one's eyes open for suspicious activity, not a bad idea.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

BMR Facebook, another one..........


My photo posted on the blog February 24th and photo posted on BMR Facebook yesterday.
Andrew and Ricardo are both Graduates of the SROAM program and have worked at Baldy - always great to see them.

I don't have a problem with the guy on the right posting the photo but it is my photo and I am not
📷 @frostbackbacon" 

Silver Star opens Gondola


....and if you are wondering where Global's Wesla Wong went - she's at Silver Star - check the article.

Baldy Road

By the power line - Baldy side of the Jolly Lake turn off....

some day......