Recreational off-road vehicles remain banned on Crown land in Areas A & B

Aug 11, 2017
Affected Communities: 
Electoral Area A, Electoral Area B

The prohibition of all off-road vehicles (OVRs) on Crown Land throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre remains in place as of Friday, August 11, 2017.

This restriction applies to all Crown land in SLRD Electoral Areas A and B. Please note, this restriction only applies to off-road vehicles (ORV's) being used for recreational purposes.

According to Provincial Government of B.C.'s definition, an off-road vehicle includes all-terrain vehicles (or "quads"), off-road motorcycles, side-by-sides (e.g. "argos", "rhinos" and "razors"), jeeps, trucks, SUVs and other small on-highway motor vehicles. 

The statement below was issued by the Kamloops Fire Centre on Friday, August 4, 2017.


Statement from Kamloops Fire Centre:

The operation of any off-road vehicle for recreational purposes on Crown land is now prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre.

In addition, all on-highway vehicles must remain on defined road surfaces. This step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety.

The operation of any off-road vehicles in these regions during the current wildfire situation creates
a potential wildfire risk. While jeeps, trucks and other on-highway vehicles are permitted on
designated roads, they are not allowed off-road.

The prohibition of off-road vehicles and on-highway vehicles does not apply to private lands or
national parks. It also does not apply to emergency responders or to agriculture or commercial/
industrial users who operate vehicles for farming, emergency response or business purposes.

Click here for a map of the affected areas

August is traditionally the most active part of the wildfire season. Given the number of fires
currently burning in B.C., the elevated fire danger ratings and the extremely dry conditions in
many parts of the province, the BC Wildfire Service is strongly urging British Columbians and
visitors to stay out of the backcountry in these regions.

The BC Wildfire Service is continually monitoring conditions and this prohibition may be
expanded or rescinded as needed.

In addition, the public is reminded that almost all provincial parks and all recreation sites and
trails within the Cariboo Fire Centre are closed due to wildfire risk. 

Anyone found in contravention of this off-road vehicle prohibition may be issued a violation
ticket in the amount of $767. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the
person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

To report an off-road violation, call the RAPP line at: 1 877 952-7277.

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