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Squamish Today—July 12: Provincewide campfire ban goes into effect today

This is your daily roundup of all you need to know before you head out in Squamish.

Happy Friday, Squamish. The weekend is almost here.

Today, it will be sunny, with a high of 27 C July 12, dipping down to a low of 13 C overnight, according to Environment Canada.

(Yesterday, we hit 28.6 C.)

Squamish meteorologist Jason Ross says isolated thunderstorms may develop this afternoon in northern parts of the Sea to Sky region due to convection.

The humidex, which is a measurement of how the heat will feel, is set to hit 30 today.

Within the range of 30 to 36, people are likely to feel "some discomfort," due to the temperature.

The UV index will reach 7, or high today.

In Canada, the index ranges from 1 to 11; the higher the number, the stronger the sun’s UV rays.

The District reminds residents that they can seek a reprieve from the heat at the following public places: Brennan Park Recreation Centre, The 55 Activity Centre, and Squamish Public Library during regular operating hours.

Campfire bans

Please note that due to the hot and dry weather, there's currently a municipal campfire ban in place for Squamish.

It started at noon on July 9.

"The dry conditions and extreme temperatures mean that forest fuels are very dry, and the fire risk is serious. New fires may start easily, burn vigorously, and challenge fire suppression efforts and resources," reads a District of Squamish post about the ban.

Therefore, all open fires within the District of Squamish are currently banned.

There's already a ban on Category 2 and Category 3 open fires.

The following activities are not allowed:

  • Campfires (category 1)
  • Category 2, category 3 open fires
  • Fireworks
  • Sky Lanterns
  • Binary Exploding Targets
  • Burn Barrels or Burn Cages of any size or description
  • Air Curtain Burners
  • Tiki torches
  • Wood-burning saunas and hot tubs

The following are never allowed in Squamish:

  • Fires in any public space, including forests, riverbanks, mountainsides, beaches
  • Open Air Burning, including but not limited to, yard waste, garden debris and construction materials

What is still allowed are cooking stoves that use gas, or propane, or portable campfire devices that use liquid, or gaseous fuel, provided the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 911 if within the municipal boundaries, or call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone.

The B.C. Wildfire Service has also announced a provincewide campfire ban that goes into effect today, at noon.

This means that in addition to campfires not being allowed within Squamish, they will not be permitted in areas outside of it, such as the Squamish Valley, come Friday.

No kiting at oceanfront beach

In the wake of a man's death while he was kiteboarding off of Sp'akw'us Feather Park on July 1, the District of Squamish has temporarily closed the beach to kiteboarding, while an investigation into the incident is underway.

"Kites are being restricted out of caution to ensure public safety. Wingfoiling and windsurfing continue to be permitted," a District release states.

Access to Pepahím̓ (Spit Island) for kiteboarding is available through a shuttle operated by the Squamish Windsports Society.

Shuttles take place daily between noon and 7 p.m., with access to the shuttle launch a short walk from the Sp’akw’us Feather parking lot.

Visit squamishwindsports.com for information and current weather conditions.

Sunrise & sunset

Sunrise on July 12 was at 5:19 a.m. Sunset will be at 9:17 p.m.

Moon phase

The moon is in its first quarter phase.

"In the lunar cycle, the first quarter moon phase occurs halfway between the new moon and the full moon," reads Study.com.

"During this lunar phase, the first quarter moon looks like a half-illuminated circle. One side of the moon is illuminated, and the other half is shadowed."

The moon's illumination is currently 37.25%, meaning that is the percentage of the moon illuminated by the sun, according to phasesmoon.com.

The moon is currently located in the constellation of Virgo..

The moon is 405,442.49 kilometres from Earth.

Moonrise is at 12:35 p.m., moonset will be at 12 a.m.

The next full moon will be on July 20, at 9:27 p.m.

Tides

The next high tide today is at 10:34 a.m. (3.23 metres); low tide is at 4:12 p.m. (2.17 m), according to the site tides.today.

The final high tide on July 12 is set for 11:18 p.m. (4.49 m).

Seawater temps

The water temperature in Howe Sound on July 12 is 18 C, according to this government site.

Good fishing day?

According to solunarforecast.com, July 12 is set to be an average fishing day in Squamish.

The best, or major, bite time left today is between 5:35 p.m. and 7:35 p.m.

How are these bite times calculated, anyway?

"The gravitational pull of the moon affects tidal movement, while the sunrise and sunset times can help anglers predict when the fish are going to bite. Many anglers feel that fish are most active on a full moon or new moon, and that activity is at a low on a quarter moon or a three quarter moon," reads the Take Me Fishing site.

Events to note

Here are some local upcoming events you might want to attend.

•Tonight (July 12), catch Island Live Concerts Presents: Rock’N’Roll Night, at Trickster's Hideout, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

"Island Live Concerts presents: Rock 'n Roll Night with: Dog Party, Cursed Words and Papaya Given," reads the listing.

•On July 13, it's the annual Sea to Sky BC SPCA Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 41345 Kingswood Rd.

"A fundraiser for the Sea to Sky BC SPCA. A sale with lots of treasures to be found. No prices on the items so it is a pay what you want event. Cash preferred," reads the description.

•Later, on July 13, you can catch Black Pontiac: Indie Night with Grade School and Friends at Trickster's Hideout, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

"Join us for an unforgettable evening of feel-good indie vibes at Indie Night," reads the event listing.

•July 14, it is Game Night & Happy Hour, at Trickster's Hideout, from 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

"Games, music, couches, snacks and competition," reads the listing. Kids welcome until 8 p.m.

•July 17, there's a free Action Drumming Workshop with William Wallace at Trickster's Hideout from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

"These workshops begin with drumming technique, rhythm development and learning beats and movements to be able to free flow with each other. By the end of the session you’ll be “Jammin’ as one’!," reads the listing.

•On July 20, Dancing Under The Stars Squamish returns to Junction Park from 7 to 11 p.m.

"Swing & Latin Dancing under the stars," reads the listing.

•On July 25, catch Taylor James at the Sea to Sky Gondola, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

"For Taylor, music is first and foremost about connection. It’s about translating and sharing the emotions that make life worth living, that make us who we are," reads the event listing.

•On July 27, check out the Vox Rea: Name It Yourself Music Festival 2024, at Trickster's Hideout from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The evening includes performances by Evan and the Tide, Wack, Suppertime, Fet's Luck, and Vox Rea.

•Looking to next month, on Aug. 10, catch Shari Ulrich in concert (with Jeanne Tolmie) at The BAG, from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

"Shari first played the Brackendale Art Gallery 50 years ago and it has been a thread through her life ever since. She has played there with every musical adventure from the Pied Pumkin to the High Bar Gand and everything in between, including many solo shows. She's being accompanied for this evening with her cohort in The Luckies, Jeanne Tolmie," reads the listing.

Want a possible shout-out in our daily report? Load your event into our free online event calendar.

On this day

  • The average high temperature in Squamish on July 12 is 23.2 C, according to Environment Canada.
  • The average low is 11.9 C.
  • The highest temperature on this day (1982-2023) was 30 C in 1989.
  • The lowest temperature seen on this day in the district was 8.3 C in 1995.
  • The most precipitation we have seen on this day was 19.2 millimetres in 1983.

Looking ahead

Ross says that high pressure will remain in place over southwestern B.C. for the next several days, bringing warm temperatures and little chance of rain.

Saturday, we are looking at a sunny day, with a high of 27 C and another overnight low of 13 C.

Sunday, expect more of the same, with a high of 27 C and a low down to 153C.

Gas prices

According to our latest data, on July 12, the cheapest regular gas in Squamish is 178.9 cents per litre at the Squamish Valley Gas Bar.

In Whistler, gas is going for 182.9/L at the Chevron at 8110 Crazy Canuck Dr.

In Pemberton, you can fill up for 182.9/L at AC Gas, at 7432 Prospect St.

In the Lower Mainland, the cheapest gas we could find is selling for 169.9/L at the Petro Canada at 7980 Williams Rd in
Richmond, according to GasBuddy.

Road warnings

On Highway 99, northbound, until Aug. 4, expect utility work between Scott Cres. and Cleveland Ave. The right turn lane and shoulder is closed. Watch for traffic control.

Find the latest road warnings on the DriveBC site.

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