Being Held

The wildfire that is threatening the farm has been reclassified as ‘Being Held’. This means that the 209 hectare fire is not expected to spread beyond it’s containment boundaries under current conditions.  This is due to the tireless work of 60 firefighters and 2 helicopters that have been working around the clock to keep us safe.

 

Read about our preparations to keep the farm safe here.

Firefighters silhouetted
Smoke obscuring the mountain

The first photo shows our view of Mt. H’kusam on Day 1 of the fire, as the smoke from the fire started to travel up the valley.  By Sunday much of the smoke had cleared and clouds brought welcome relief with a small amount of rain.

Two other fires have been reported on Vancouver Island, one that is now Under Control north of Stocking Creek and a larger Out-of-Control blaze near Cameron Lake.

Smoke spreading across central Canada

We’re not Alone

According to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, there are currently 415 fires burning across the country. So far this year there have been 2,285 wildfires and approximately 37,000 square kilometres have been burned. With an early drought and little rain in sight. we need to do what we can to prevent fires and keep ourselves safe.

Ongoing Risks

I have been unpacking my emergency evacuation bags, but until fire is officially out there is always a risk that high winds could cause it to jump the containment.  Today a campfire ban was implemented to keep everyone safe and reduce the risk of more fires.

These are pictures looking towards the forested area of the farm. They show the mass of very flammable conifer tree branches covering the ground from recent clear-cutting

I’m very concerned about a fire starting there from someone cutting firewood this summer. All it takes is one chainsaw spark or tossed cigarette.

Slash from the Clearcut
Slash from the Clearcut

Thank You

Thank you to all of our customers who have sent us well wishes over the last few days. We are going to keep the sale going even though the immediate risk of evacuation has passed. A very special thank you to all of the firefighters across the country who are risking their own health to keep us safe.

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The Key is to Keep Cold or Delay Shipping

Refrigeration will delay fruiting for a month or more, and a cold dark basement will slow them for 2-3 weeks.  A sticker on your parcel will alert the recipient to keep it cold.

We encourage you to order early to avoid the uncertainties of the seasonal postal rush, and delay shipping.  To delay shipping, select a date on the checkout page, found directly under your total order $ value.   If you don’t select a date, we will ship in 1-2 business days.

The elves at our family farm are doing our best to keep everything in stock, but we request your understanding just in case we run out and substitute a similar product in order to ship on time.  

Consider also the option of a non-perishable gift, like booksmushroom hot chocolate, or a gift card so that your loved one can choose a living gift when timing is best for them.

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