Area restrictions lifted in Prince George Fire Centre

All area restriction orders that were in effect in the Prince George Fire Centre have been rescinded.

These orders were implemented to protect public safety and avoid any interference with wildfire control activities.

The Prince George Fire Centre thanks the public for its co-operation while these area restriction orders were in place.

Hunters, recreationalists and anyone else heading into the backcountry should use caution when travelling in areas affected by wildfires, since there may be safety hazards present. These hazards could include:

* danger trees (fire-damaged trees that have become unstable and could fall over without warning)

* ash pits, which may be hard to detect and can remain hot long after flames have died down

* unstable soils and terrain

* increased potential for landslides or rock falls

* damaged trails or irregular trail surfaces

* increased water runoff, which could lead to flooding or debris flows

* damaged fencing, which could allow livestock to enter roadways

With wildfires of the magnitude experienced in the region this year, smoky conditions are expected to persist well into the fall and winter months. People can expect to see smouldering ground fires, open flame or smoke within the perimeters of existing wildfires. This is common with large wildfires and may continue for some time.

If smoke is rising from well within a fire’s perimeter and the area is surrounded by black, burned material, this is typically not a concern. However, smoke rising from green, unburned fuel or from outside a fire’s perimeter (or smoke near roadways or structures) should be reported immediately.

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

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