FORT ST. JOHN – The BC Wildfire Service has implemented an Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Donnie Creek Complex of fires (G80280, G80590, G90273), located approximately 158 kilometres north of Fort St. John and 136 kilometres southeast of Fort Nelson. The size of the area restriction reflects the continued need to protect the public in areas where there are ongoing fire suppression activities and hazardous fire behaviour conditions.
This order takes effect at 12 p.m. (PDT) on June 8, 2023, and will remain in force until September 30, 2023, or until it is rescinded. The order applies to crown land within the geographic boundary outlined below and shown on the provided map.
Starting at the intersection of Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) and Buckinghorse River at coordinate A (57° 23.124, -122° 51.189) then heading north along Highway 97 to the intersection of Highway 97 and the Prophet River at coordinate B (58° 01.810, -122° 43.373) then heading east to coordinate C (57° 59.901, -120° 43.407). Then moving southeasterly to coordinate D on the Fontas Road (57° 46.046, -120° 18.934), then following the Fontas Road south to the intersection with Wildmint Connector Road at coordinate E (57° 02.821, -120° 34.279). Moving southwesterly to coordinate F (57° 00.498, -120° 38.265). Westerly to Highway 97 (Alaska Highway) to coordinate G (57° 02.256, -122° 27.490). Follow Highway 97 northerly to the starting point at coordinate A (57° 23.124, -122° 51.189).
Under this Order and section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, 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 only in the course of:
- Travelling to or from his or her residence;
- Using a highway as defined in the Highway Act;
- Travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity;
- Travelling through or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities; or
- Operating a commercial or industrial operation within one kilometre of the Alaska Highway including the allowance of public access to these locations.
Failure to comply with Section 11 restricted area requirements may result in a violation ticket for $1,150.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone or through the BC Wildfire Service mobile app.