For reasons of public safety, the BC Wildfire Service is implementing additional road closures around the White River Complex wildfire, which is burning about 47 kilometres northeast of Canal Flats in the Southeast Fire Centre.
The additional road closures are in effect as of Aug. 21, 2017 for:
- the White-Schoefield Forest Service Road, starting at the 78-kilometre mark
- the White River Forest Service Road, starting at the 32-kilometre mark
- the White-East Fork Forest Service Road, starting at the 60-kilometre mark
These are complete road closures, meaning that these roads are off limits to all traffic apart from firefighter and first-responder vehicles. The closures are intended to help protect public safety and provide unhindered access for firefighters and their equipment.
A detailed map of all road restrictions currently in effect in this area is available online at: http://ow.ly/nVLJ30ezE3S
The White River Complex wildfire includes the White River wildfire (about 1,214 hectares) and the Grave Creek wildfire (about 2,013 hectares), which are burning about 15 kilometres apart. Together, these two fires cover about 3,227 hectares. The White River Complex wildfire is listed as a Wildfire of Note on the BC Wildfire Service website at: www.gov.bc.ca/wildfiresofnote
The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to the Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. The Southeast Fire Centre includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.
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