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Area restriction order for the vicinity of the Big Creek wildfire

The BC Wildfire Service is implementing an Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Big Creek Wildfire (G60666), located south of the Omineca Arm of Williston Lake and West of Kilometre 148 on the Finlay Forest Service Road. 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effect at 12 p.m. (PDT) on June 24, 2023, and will remain in force until September 30, 2023, or until it is otherwise rescinded. The order applies to crown land within the geographic boundary outlined below and shown on the provided map:

Starting at the Confluence Wasi Creek and Osilinka River at coordinate A (56° 08.291, -125° 01.287) then heading north-easterly to the Confluence of Gopherhole Creek and Mesilinka River at Coordinate B (56° 14.478, -124° 38.320). Moving southeast to the Confluence Mesilinka River and Omineca Arm at coordinate C (56° 07.884, -124° 28.033). Heading south to Mount Porter at coordinate D (55° 51.386, -124° 20.561) moving west to Blue Grouse Mountain at coordinate E (55° 48.862, -124° 41.069) and then north to the starting point at coordinate A (56° 08.291, -125° 01.287).” 

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; or
  • Travelling through or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.
  • Travelling through or entering the area for the purposes of carrying out or supporting an industrial activity as defined in the Wildfire Act.

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