Area Restriction expanded for vicinity of South Peace Complex

PRINCE GEORGE – The BC Wildfire Service is expanding the Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the South Peace Complex of fires (G70644, G70645), located 21 kilometres east of Tumbler Ridge and 44 kilometres southwest of Dawson Creek. The size of the area restriction reflects the continued need to protect the public in areas where there are ongoing fire suppression activities and hazardous fire behaviour conditions.

This order takes effect at 12 p.m. (noon) on June 18, 2023 and remains in force until September 30, 2023 or until it is rescinded. The order applies to crown land within the geographic boundary outlined below and shown on the map provided (and is in addition to the June 10, 2023 area restriction):

  • West side: Starting at the northern point of the original restriction area at coordinate A (55° 4.850, -120° 50.103). Following north up the forest service road to Highway 52 (Heritage Highway) at coordinate B (55° 9.078, -120° 55.811). Following Highway 52 north to Coordinate C (55° 26.275, -120° 49.939).
  • North Side: Starting at Coordinate C (55° 26.275, -120° 49.939) following through oil & gas and forest service roads to Coordinate D (55° 24.719, -120° 42.110), and following to Coordinate L (55° 16.507, -120° 9.587).
  • East Side: Starting south along Highway 52 at Coordinate L (55° 16.507, -120° 9.587), following south along Highway 52, then west along Long-Term-All-Weather 00642 road at the north eastern most point of the original area restriction to Coordinate M (55° 5.084, -120° 16.971) at the northern boundary of Bearhole Lake Provincial Park.
  • South Side: Starting at Coordinate M (55° 5.084, -120° 16.971) and following west along the north portion of the Bearhole Lake Provincial Park Boundary to coordinate N (55° 2.438, -120° 45.206). following north along the forest service road back to coordinate A (55° 4.850, -120° 50.103).

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 enters the area only in the course of:

  • (a) Travelling to or from his or her residence;
  • (b) Using a highway as defined in the Highway Act;
  • (c) Travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity; or
  • (d) Travelling through or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.

Failure to comply with Section 11 restricted area requirements may result in a violation ticket for $1,150.

To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cell phone or through the BC Wildfire Service mobile app.

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South Peace Complex Information Officer

BC Wildfire Service | Ministry of Forests

Phone: 778-362-4780
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