Area restrictions imposed south of Vanderhoof


As of noon on Saturday, Aug. 5, an order of restricted access was in effect for Crown land around the Big Bend Creek, Tatelkuz Lake, Lucas Lake and Chedakuz Creek wildfires southwest of Vanderhoof.

This area restriction has been put in place to protect the safety of the public, as well as firefighting personnel as they continue fire suppression activities, according to the BC Wildfire Service. It will remain in effect until the public is otherwise notified

While the order is in effect, no one is allowed to remain in or enter the designated restricted area unless that person is authorized to enter the area to travel to and from work or is a local resident who is travelling to and from his or her residence.

The restricted area encompasses four fires of note:

  • Tatelkuz Lake fire: This fire has burned about 1,271 hectares about five kilometres west of Tatelkuz Lake, about 94 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof. It was caused by lightning and was first reported on July 7, 2017.
  • Big Bend Creek fire: This fire has burned about 2,062 hectares about 66 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof. It was caused by lightning and was first reported on July 8, 2017.
  • Lucas Lake fire: This fire has burned about 6,300 hectares east of Lucas Lake, about 90 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof. It was caused by lightning and was first reported on July 7, 2017.
  • Chedakuz Creek fire: This fire has burned about 2,355 hectares about 90 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof. It was caused by lightning and was first reported on July 7, 2017.

This Order of Restricted Access applies to all Crown land within the geographic boundaries outlined below:

  • all roads accessed by the Kluskus Lavoie Forest Service Road (Gold Road) beyond the 13-kilometre mark
  • all roads accessed by the Kluskus Forest Service Road beyond the 77-kilometre mark
  • all roads accessed by the Kluskus 500 Road beyond the 28-kilometre mark (the 528 sign) just west of Kenney Dam