The Province is urging people to stay safe and exercise caution this Labour Day long weekend, with high temperatures expected and the risk of wildfires still high or extreme.
The government is strongly recommending people stay completely out of the backcountry within the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and the Southeast Fire Centre. This voluntary backcountry closure includes SLRD Areas A and B, and the District of Lillooet.
However, at this time the Coastal Fire Centre has not implemented a similar voluntary backcountry closure recommendation, nor is there a Off-Road Vehicle Prohibition in place.
Closures of numerous recreation sites and trails are in effect in the Cariboo, Southeast and Kamloops fire centres. Click here to view the complete list of current closures.
If you have plans to visit the backcountry anywhere in the Province this weekend, please check BC Wildfire Service for closures and restrictions.
Some restrictions remain in place across the province and within the SLRD, including:
- Recreational use of Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) and motorcycles on Crown land prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, Cariboo Fire Centre and Kamloops Fire Centre.
- All open burning, including the use of campfires, is prohibited throughout the SLRD.
In addition, Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather statement for Whistler (including Pemberton and Electoral Area C), and Howe Sound (including the District of Squamish and Electoral Area D).
An unseasonable strong ridge of high pressure is expected to produce high temperatures by Sunday, increasing the wildfire risk. Please exercise caution when outdoors, given these conditions.
We hope you have a great long weekend!