Area restriction for Marion Lake wildfire rescinded
Effective immediately on Monday, August 2, the Area Restriction that was established around the Marion Lake wildfire will be rescinded. As the fire is now considered Under Control, firefighting personnel no longer need to restrict public access to operate efficiently and safely in the area.
The BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) reminds members of the public that the Marion Lake wildfire, about 10 km northeast of Harrogate, is an active worksite and they should exercise caution at all times while travelling in the area. Even if an area restriction has been rescinded, officials still have the authority under the Wildfire Act and its regulations to order anyone to leave the area.
Before entering any area affected by a wildfire, members of the public should be aware that significant safety hazards may be present. Trees that have been damaged by fire might be unstable and could fall down. Ash pits can be hard to detect and can remain hot long after the flames have died down.
Nearby communities can still expect to see smoke within the fire’s perimeter over the coming weeks. Smoke appearing from within the fire perimeter and burned material is common; however, smoke that rises from green, unburned fuel or from outside a fire’s perimeter should be reported immediately.
Road closures and area restrictions are subject to change depending on fire activity.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.