The SLRD is reminding residents and visitors to remain vigilant this weekend, as the fire risk remains extreme, and the light showers in the forecast this weekend will not reduce this threat.
There are several restrictions in place to reduce the number of new fires and promote public safety. Please familiarize yourself with these restrictions:
Cariboo Backcountry Closed to Public Access
As of 1:30pm on Friday, August 11, 2017 all Crown land within the Cariboo Fire Centre is closed to public access due to the extreme fire danger, and the volume of wildfires burning throughout the region. High winds are expected to increase fire activity in this region across the next few days. Although this does not affect backcountry areas in the SLRD, we are sharing this information for anyone with holiday plans in the Cariboo area. Additionally, although our backcountry remains open, the fire risk is extreme.
Read the full statement from the BC Wildfire Service below, which was issued on Friday, August 11, 2017.
Statement from BC Wildfire Service:
All Crown land within the Cariboo Fire Centre is closed to public access due to the continued extreme fire danger and the number of active wildfires throughout the region. High winds are expected to increase fire activity over the next few days.
The area restriction order means that a person must not remain in or enter the restricted area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area in the course of:
- travelling to or from his or her principal residence, that is not under an evacuation order;
- using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;
- travelling as a person acting in an official capacity;
- travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities;
- engaging in a commercial activity within the regular course of the person's business or employment, or;
- participating in a commercial activity that a person described in the previous point provides.
The Cariboo Fire Centre stretches from Loon Lake (near Clinton) in the south to the Cottonwood River (near Quesnel) in the north and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.
Recreational Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) ban remains in place throughout Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast Fire Centres
Please note, the prohibition of all off-road vehicles (ORV's) applies to all Crown land in SLRD Electoral Areas A and B.
According to the Provincial Government of B.C.'s definition, an off-road vehicle includes all-terrain vehicles (or "quads"), off-road motorcycles and side-by-sides (e.g. "argos", "rhinos" and "razors"). The restriction also applies to any on-highway vehicles (SUVs, jeeps and trucks) being used off-road.
Forecast of showers will not lower fire risk
In parts of the SLRD, the current weather forecast for the weekend includes scattered showers. The forecast rainfall will not be enough to weaken the active wildfires, and the potential for isolated thunderstorms increases the risk of new fire starts.
Please remain vigilant over the weekend, and consider the extreme fire risk when planning work around the house or leisure activities. Click here for a refresh in emergency preparedness resources. And make sure you are familiar with the most recent campfire bans and regulations throughout B.C.
Stay alert, and stay safe!