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Forest fire in Ts’il?os Provincial Park

The BC Wildfire Service is responding to a 12-hectare wildfire at the south end of Chilko Lake within Ts’ilʔos Provincial Park, about 125 kilometres southwest of Alexis Creek.

This fire was sparked by lightning and is burning at a high elevation in steep, rough terrain in a wilderness area of the park. Continuing dry and warm weather with occasional gusty winds may result in increased fire activity and smoke.

BC Wildfire Service personnel are monitoring the fire and working with land managers to determine an appropriate wildfire response strategy. Wildfire is a natural, beneficial process in many ecosystems. It is a key factor in the maintenance of a healthy forest and can contribute to overall biodiversity. The reduction in fuel loads due to naturally occurring wildfires can also reduce the intensity of future wildfires.

The current fire danger rating is “high” to “extreme” for the majority of the Cariboo Fire Centre. Within the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction, campfires are not allowed west of the Fraser River. Campfires are allowed east of the Fraser River, but they cannot be larger than 0.5 metres wide by 0.5 metres high.

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

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca or call 1 888 3-FOREST.

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