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A close-up screengrab from near 100 Mile House on the B.C. Wildfire Animal Resource Map. Tags in red denote producers with livestock needing to be moved; tags in green denote offers of space or transport for affected livestock.

BCCA connecting ranchers, haulers in wildfire areas

Livestock producers needing to move animals out of wildfire zones in British Columbia’s Interior are being asked to contact the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association. The BCCA, on its website, said it’s helping to co-ordinate haulers with producers who need to evacuate livestock. “With closures of highways and evacuation orders, permits are needed to re-enter evacuated areas […] Read more

Out of control grass fire spread by strong wind

History: The worst fire I ever saw

Reprinted from the July 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The worst fire I ever saw By Mrs. S. E. Warren, Vauxhall, Alta. ‘Not long ago the Lethbridge Herald printed an account of a prairie fire in the south-east of the province in early homestead days. As the oldtimer read the story he was reminded of another prairie fire, – “The worst fire I ever […] Read more

A three-year burn interval has been effective in areas with good moisture.

Patch-burning pastures can also benefit cattle

Prescribed burns come in all shapes and sizes

Wildfires have two faces: the nemesis of mankind since settlement, and Mother Nature’s way of renewing aging, infested grasslands and forests. The unintended consequence of widespread suppression of wildfires coupled with the trend toward grazing systems that promote uniformity has been the loss of plant and animal diversity within native grassland ecosystems, according to rangeland […] Read more


Alberta lifts off-roading ban

Citing an outbreak of “wet and cool weather” across parts of the province, reducing the overall fire hazard, the Alberta government has lifted most of its restrictions on off-highway vehicle (OHV) use. The province lifted its OHV ban for “much of the province” except for its forest areas around Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray, […] Read more

A member of Wildfire Management Alberta’s Wild Mountain Unit pulls hose through smouldering forest in the Parsons Creek area of Fort McMurray on May 5. (Chris Schwarz photo courtesy Government of Alberta via Flickr)

Glacier pledges support for wildfire disaster relief

Farm Business Communications’ parent company, Glacier Media, is donating $50,000 toward the Canadian Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts in the Fort McMurray area. The Vancouver company said its donation is also on behalf of individual Glacier business units, which will undertake their own awareness and fundraising efforts to help the city and its residents rebuild […] Read more

(Dave Bedard photo)

Western states to get US$110M in drought aid

Washington | Reuters — The White House said Friday it would spend an additional US$110 million to help farmers and communities in western states hit hard by drought and wildfires. The drought has affected a third of the western United States, and President Barack Obama was slated to discuss it with western governors in a […] Read more