Area restriction in effect for Weasel Creek wildfire
The BC Wildfire Service has implemented an Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Weasel Creek wildfire, which is located approximately 39 kilometres southeast of Baynes Lake.
This area restriction reflects the need to protect the public in areas where fire suppression activities are taking place.
This restriction is currently in effect and will remain in effect until 1 p.m. on October 15, or until rescinded. The order applies to Crown land within the geographic boundaries described below and outlined in the provided map.
Area Restriction Order details
Commencing from the junction of the Canada-United States (U.S.) border and Weasel Creek, following northwest up Weasel Creek, north up the Wigwam River to the southern end of Wigwam Forest Service Road (FSR), northwest up the west side of the Wigwam River on the west side of the Wigwam FSR, to the junction of the Ram FSR east to approximately 12 kilometres on the Ram FSR up the western ridge of Mt. Doupe, down the northeast face to follow Twentynine Mile Creek, Howell Creek, and Gumbo Creek to the Flathead FSR, south on the Flathead FSR to the junction of the Flathead FSR and the Kishinena FSR, southeast down the Kishinena FSR to the junction of the Kishinena FSR and the Canada-U.S. border.
NOTE: Travel on the Flathead FSR is permitted only up to the junction with the Kishinena FSR but entrance into the restricted area off the Flathead FSR is prohibited. Travel on the Wigwam FSR, Ram FSR, and Kishinena FSR is not permitted within the boundaries of the area restriction.
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:
1.) first receives written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, or
2.) Enters the area only in the course of:
- travelling to or from his or her principle residence that is not under an evacuation order;
- using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;
- travelling as a person acting in an official capacity as defined in s.56 of the Wildfire Act; or
- travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression or enforcement patrol activities.
This order is subject to and subordinate to any applicable evacuation orders made under the Emergency Program Act.
Failure to comply with Section 11 restricted area requirements may result in a violation ticket of $1,150.
Discovered August 4, the lightning caused Weasel Creek fire is now an estimated 1,241 ha, with about 648 ha burning on the Canadian side of the border.
Road closures and area restrictions are subject to change depending on fire activity. For the most current information please visit the bans and restrictions section of the BC Wildfire website for the Southeast Fire Centre, or visit: http://ow.ly/3UJo50Kc3o3
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll- free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: www.bcwildfire.ca or download the BC Wildfire Service public mobile app.