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Information Bulletin - Friday Sept 22, 2017 - 0830 hrs

The area restriction currently in effect in the Flathead area southeast of Fernie has been recinded as of  12:01 am Pacific Time on Friday Sept. 22, 2017

However, the Wigwam Forest Service Road is closed from the junction wth the Lodgepole Forest Service Road ( at the 25 kilometre mark) south to the Cabin Creek Forest Service Road junction.  An information checkpoint will be in place at th 25 kilometre mark of the Lodgepole Forest Service Road.


Campfire ban to be rescinded in southern B.C.
9/22/2017 10:27 AM

KAMLOOPS - Effective at noon on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, campfires will once again be allowed throughout the Kamloops Fire Centre, Southeast Fire Centre and Cariboo Fire Centre. A return to more seasonal weather conditions and recent precipitation has reduced the wildfire risk in these areas.

The BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, which are fires larger than 0.5 metres by 0.5 metres, remain prohibited in these three fire centres. A poster explaining the different categories of open burning is available online at: http://ow.ly/znny309kJv5

The use of sky lanterns, binary exploding targets, air curtain burners, fireworks (including firecrackers) and burning barrels or burning cages of any size or description remain prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre, but will be allowed in the Kamloops Fire Centre and Cariboo Fire Centre as of noon on Sept. 22. The use of tiki torches and chimineas will be allowed in all three fire centres as of noon on Sept. 22.

People wishing to light a campfire must have ready access to eight litres of water or a shovel during the entire time the campfire is lit. They also must completely extinguish the campfire and the ashes must be cold to the touch before they leave the area for any length of time.

Open burning prohibitions apply to all BC Parks, Crown lands and private lands, but do not apply within the boundaries of a local government that has forest fire prevention bylaws and is serviced by a fire department. Always check with local authorities to see if any other burning restrictions are in place before lighting any fire.

Anyone found in contravention of an open burning prohibition may be issued a ticket for $1,150, required to pay an administrative penalty of up to $10,000 or, if convicted in court, fined up to $100,000 and/or sentenced to one year in jail. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Although the off-road vehicle prohibition in the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre was rescinded on Sept. 20, 2017, the public is reminded that area restrictions are in effect in the vicinity of some wildfires in these fire centres.

More information about current area restrictions and open burning prohibitions can be found online at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: http://www.bcwildfire.ca

You can follow the latest wildfire news on:

* Twitter at: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* Facebook at: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo


Kamloops Fire Centre Information
BC Wildfire Service
250 554-5965

Southeast Fire Centre Information
BC Wildfire Service
250 365-4014

Cariboo Fire Centre Information
BC Wildfire Service

778 799-2101


Regional Round-up Update for Thursday Sept 21, 2017

The wet and cold weather has decreased fire behaviour and allowed crews to make good progress.

Fire Updates:

Lamb Creek -  The fire is currently mapped at 2215 ha, 80% contained and being held.  The Incident Management team is still in place with 105 personnel, 4 pieces of heavy equipment and 2 helicopters remain on site.

Flathead Complex (Soowa Mountain, Kenow Mountain,Lodgepole FSR, Elder Creek, Cabin Creek, Central Mountain/Pincher Creek Pass)

Soowa Mountain
Located  in the flathead valley 60 km southeast of Cranbrook.  The fire is currently 5,800 ha with  31 personnel, 4 helicopters and 1 pieces of heavy equipment.  Crews continue to create hand and machine guards.

Kenow Mountain
Located in the Flathead Valley 20 km from Waterton Alberta.  The size of this fire on the BC side has not changed from 15,448 ha.   16 firefighters remain on the BC side.  The Alberta side is now classified as being held. More information can be found at http://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton/securite-safety/feu-fire-kenow

Lodgepole FSR. 2,262ha located 25 km east of Elko.  32 personnel on site working on mop -up.

White River
This fire is 90% contained and estimated at 26,400 ha.  There are 76 personnel, 4 pieces of heavy  equipment, 2 helicopters, an Incident Management Team and support staff. There has been no perimeter growth and crews are continuing to mop up and patrol the fire.

Quinn Creek
This fire in located in the Bull River drainage and estimated at 11,764ha.  17 personnel, 2 heavy equipment remain on site.  

Linklater Creek
Fire size on the Canadian side has been estimated at 1,285 ha.  Today there are 34 personnel on site with 7 pieces of heavy equipment. 

White Creek (NW of Kimberly) This fire has shown little growth at 322 ha and is currently being monitored.

Backcountry Updates:

The operation of off-road vehicles are once again permitted on Crown land effective at 1pm Wed. Sept. 20th,2017  Please be aware that there are still some restrictions in place.  Click here for the link to the BC Wildfire factsheet.

The area restriction currently in effect around the White River and Quinn Creek wildfires was rescinded at 1pm Wed Sept. 20th, 2017.  The Linklater wildfire area restriction was recinded Thursday Sept. 21st, 2017 at 1pm.  In addition, BC Parks (in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service) has reopened Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park for public use.

The following forest service road closures are now in effect and will remain in place until the public is otherwise

White River Forest Service Road, starting at the 32.5 kilometre mark
•White-East Fork Forest Service Road, starting at the 60-kilometre mark
•White-Schoefield Forest Service Road, starting at the 78-kilometre mark
•Lodgepole Creek R05956 SEC 1 Forest Service Road, starting at the 54.3-kilometre mark
•Quinn Creek Forest Service Road, starting at Alpine Creek
•Bull River Forest Service Road, between the 94.5-kilometre mark and Narboe Creek

Information on other wildfire-related area restrictions in the Rocky Mountain Forest District,
including detailed maps and road closures, is available online: http://ow.ly/2K9q30fiF5c

As of September 20th, 2017 the following areas are now open

-in Banff National Park, Ball Pass area and some trails leading to Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, including the trails south from Summit of Allenby Pass, including Og Pass trail, Hikers Bypass Trail and Wonder Pass Trail.
In Kootenay National Park, Hawk Creek area, including the trail to Ball Pass.  Visitors are encouraged to check here for the most current list of closures. http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scond/index_e.asp

The campfire ban remains in effect and we will make sure we let you know if and when there are changes. To report a campfire violation or a fire call *5555 on a cellphone or 1-800-663-5555.



Last edited: Fri, September 22, 2017 - 11:23:40