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Posted: September 20, 2017

Whiteswan reopened for public use

Area restriction rescinded for White River Complex fire

Due to recent changes in the weather and fire behaviour, the area restriction currently in effect around the White River and Quinn Creek wildfires were rescinded as of 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20.

In addition, BC Parks (in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service) is reopening Whiteswan Lake Provincial Park (pictured above) for public use, effective immediately.

However, in the interest of public safety and the safety of first responders, the following forest service road closures are now in effect and will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

* White River Forest Service Road, starting at the 32.5 kilometre mark;

* White-East Fork Forest Service Road, starting at the 60-kilometre mark;

* White-Schoefield Forest Service Road, starting at the 78-kilometre mark;

* Lodgepole Creek R05956 SEC 1 Forest Service Road, starting at the 54.3-kilometre mark;

* Quinn Creek Forest Service Road, starting at Alpine Creek;

* Bull River Forest Service Road, between the 94.5-kilometre mark and Narboe Creek.

Information on other wildfire-related area restrictions in the Rocky Mountain Forest District, including detailed maps and road closures, is available online.

A campfire ban remains in effect throughout the Southeast Fire Centre. For more information about this ban and other open burning prohibitions, please visit: http://ow.ly/GWXj30fiFgp

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the United States-Canada border in the south to the Mica Dam in the north and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. The Southeast Fire Centre includes the Selkirk Natural Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca.

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