A widespread area restriction has been put in place by the BC Wildfire Service. The restriction applies to all crown land within the Cariboo Fire Centre. It went into effect at 1:30pm today and will remain in effect until September 5th.
The area restriction order means that 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 in the course of:
a) travelling to or from his or her principal residence, that is not under an evacuation order;
b) using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;
c) travelling as a person acting in an official capacity;
d) travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities;
e) engaging in a commercial activity within the regular course of the person’s business or employment; or,
f) participating in a commercial activity that a person described in (e) provides.
Commercial operations like Barkerville or guide-outiftter operations are exempt from the restriction. However a person who owns a cabin at a lake within that Cariboo Fire Centre, will not be allowed access to their cabin, unless it is their principal residence.
The Wildfire Service says the extreme measure is being taken due to the extreme fire danger and the number of active wildfires throughout the region. In addition, high winds are expected to increase fire activity over the next few days.
The Cariboo Fire Centre runs 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. It is approximately 10.3 million hectares in size.
There are 125 fires burning across British Columbia today today.