The BC Wildfire Service is contemplating a wide sweeping measure to help fight wildfires in the Cariboo. It’s considering closing all crown land within the entire Cariboo Fire Centre to all recreational activities.
The Centre stretches from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east and from Hixon in the north to Loon Lake near Clinton in the south. The fire centre is approximately 10.3 million hectares in size.
Under the restricted access measure being considered, a person must not remain in or enter the area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person:
Enters the area only in the course of:
(a) Travelling to or from his or her principle residence;
(b) Using a highway as defined in the Highway Act;
(c) Travelling as a person acting in an official capacity; or
(d) Travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.
A final decision will be announced Friday. The Wildfire Service says the restriction will be enacted if the high winds forecast for the region materialize.