2009-01-01 Avalanche Hazard Alert

Southern Interior
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Tolko Industries Ltd.
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Avalanche hazard is very high this year and frequent avalanche activity is being reported throughout the province. The high level of avalanche hazard is projected to continue for the immediate future. 

Avalanches are reportedly occurring in all types of situations, including on shorter slopes and smaller hillsides than one would normally expect.


Learnings and Suggestions: 

- When driving, snowmobiling and walking in the field, be very aware of your surroundings and constantly assess avalanche risk.

- When traveling in the field:

- try to gain elevation on low-angled, timbered slopes and travel at the top of terrain breaks;
- avoid terrain traps like creek draws and steep road cuts;
- avoid convex rolls and leeward slopes;
- listen for whumpfing, and take note of any avalanche activity;
- if traveling with others, split the group apart by at least 50m in suspect terrain, keep a eye on each other at all times;
- abandon travel objectives or re-route if unable to avoid a hazardous slope or trap;
- if you absolutely must travel below a slope, travel with an excessive amount of room away from the bottom of the slope to allow buffer space in the case of an avalanche, which may run to or beyond the bottom of the slope;
- report all signs of activity back to the Joint Health and Safety Committee, and to any adjacent contractors or forest users.

- Consult the Canadian Avalanche Centre website, which has frequent avalanche reports and plenty of useful information ( http://www.avalanche.ca/CAC_Bulletin_Regions ).


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Tolko Industries Ltd., Okanagan Woodlands

Mark Tamas, Regional Woodlands Manager

(250) 547-1225

File attachments
2009-01-08 Avalanche Hazard Alert.pdf
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