A series of area restriction orders remain in effect in the Northwest Fire Centre for the Verdun Mountain, Island Lake, Cheslatta Lake, Nadina Lake, Hautete (Morrison Mainline), Gilmore Lake, Cheslaslie Arm and Torkelsen Lake wildfires.
All of these fires are located within 100 kilometres of Burns Lake.
The area restriction orders were implemented to protect public safety and to avoid interference with fire suppression efforts and wildfire rehabilitation work. They will remain in place until they are rescinded.
Area restriction orders apply to all Crown land outlined on the maps below:
- Verdun Mountain, Island Lake and Cheslatta Lake wildfires: http://ow.ly/iDoW30lNwkl
- Nadina Lake wildfire: http://ow.ly/y8LZ30lMhHP
- Hautete (Morrison Mainline) wildfire: http://ow.ly/xgux30lNweg
- Gilmore Lake wildfire: http://ow.ly/OpUX30lOkXL
- Cheslaslie Arm wildfire: http://ow.ly/a7mD30lOkWZ
- Torkelsen Lake wildfire: http://ow.ly/x8WN30lPeFJ
Under these orders and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the restricted areas without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the areas only in the course of:
- travelling to or from his or her principle residence, that is not under an evacuation order;
- travelling to or from leased property for the purposes of accessing a secondary residence or recreational property, that is not under an evacuation order;
- travelling as a person acting in an official capacity;
- travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities;
- using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;
- engaging and/or participating in a commercial activity within the regular course of the person’s business or employment; and
- engaging and/or participating in agricultural activities pertaining to livestock management on private or leased property.
Nichyeskwa Creek wildfire:
The area restriction order that was implemented on Aug. 11, 2018, for the Nichyeskwa Creek wildfire was rescinded effective at noon on Sept. 13, 2018. This fire is about 25 kilometres northwest of Fort Babine and covers about 867 hectares. It is being closely monitored by the BC Wildfire Service.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: www.bcwildfire.ca
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