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Posted: August 24, 2021

Area restriction for Tanglefoot Creek wildfire rescinded

The Area Restriction that was established around the Tanglefoot Creek wildfire has been rescinded.

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With the downturn in weather and reduced fire activity, there is no need at this time to restrict public access to the area.

The BC Wildfire Service reminds members of the public that the Tanglefoot Creek wildfire, 12 km east of Fort Steele, is still an active wildfire and caution should be exercised 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 Even if an area restriction has been rescinded, officials still have the authority under the Wildfire Act and its regulations to order anyone to leave the area. The fire is reported as being held at 540 hectares.

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. Ash pits can be hard to detect and can remain hot long after the flames have died down.

Reminder that in order to safely travel on resource roads (ie. Forest Service Roads), there are rules that must be followed. Resource roads are not built to the same standards as highways. Ground crews will be continuing to use resource roads in the area for suppression activity and users must exercise caution.

Review the resource road user safety guide.

Nearby communities may 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.

Road closures and area restrictions are subject to change depending on fire activity.

Lead image: The Tanglefoot Creek wildfire in late July. The lightning-caused fire was discovered July 16. e-KNOW file photo


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