Area restriction for the Dewar Creek wildfire rescinded
The Area Restriction that was established around the Dewar Creek wildfire, 34 km northwest of Kimberley, has been rescinded.
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 146 hectares Dewar Creek wildfire 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 Even if an area restriction has been rescinded, officials still have the authority under the Wildfire Act and its regulations to order anyone to leave the area.
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.
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.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.