Fire Hazard Update
The weather has become a bit more comfortable, however it is still very dry and the two nearest weather stations, Coquitlam and UBC research, report Fire Danger Classes of High and Extreme, respectively. We need to be extremely careful.
If you must smoke, smoke only in the designated areas and be certain butts are extinguished.
The range 7 gongs remain down to avoid sparks from steel-core ammunition and the obvious fire hazard. Shooting at steel anywhere on the range is on hold until the fire hazard decreases. Some may have noticed some LE renters shooting at steel and wondered. 'Different kettle of fish. LE uses frangible ammunition exclusively when shooting at steel. These bullets completely disintegrate upon hitting the steel - there is no danger
of ricochet of hot projectiles.
There are various news stories out there blaming target shooters starting forest fires, some as near to home as Sechelt. We don't want to be tarred with that brush.
There was talk of closing park access. At the same time, there were fires started on the North Shore apparently by an arsonist; those fires were discovered by hikers. Had the hikers not been there, because of park closure, one wonders what the result would have been. Sometimes its safer to have as many eyes around as possible.
We wondered, how should we react if Pinecone Burke Park were to be closed. Shut down operations as well?
We sought direction form the Fire Department and invited them in for a visit. The visit went well. We were able to satisfy the Fire Department that there were appropriate fire hazard mitigations in place. The Fire Department made some recommendations, which we followed.
All is well for now. We'll keep you all informed
Archery trails closed until further notice.
The Club has been put on notice that some of the archery trails which start on PCDHFC property encroach onto private property. The "private property" in question is that recently purchased by a real estate developer.
Discharging a bow beyond Club property would contravene a City of Coquitlam ByLaw. A further consequence of this is that our insurance would not apply. In order to protect the Club and its members, we cannot allow this.
When it is determined where the boundaries of the Club property lie, the portions of the archery trails which lie entirely on PCDHFC property will be reopened, ASAP
The Club is hoping to get permission from the property owner to continue use of the off-property archery trails in the future. We would then be able to extend our insurance coverage to the property in question, and protect the Club and its members.
Further details will be posted when available
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