Area Restriction for Downton Lake wildfire rescinded

KAMLOOPS – The BC Wildfire Service has RESCINDED the Area Restriction Order in the
vicinity of the Downton Lake wildfire (K71649). This Area Restriction Order rescind is effective September 24, 2023 at 4 p.m. PDT. As the fire behaviour and activity has decreased, firefighting personnel no longer need to restrict public access to operate efficiently and safely in the area.

The BC Wildfire Service reminds members of the public that the Downton Lake wildfire is still an active job site and caution should be exercised at all times while travelling in the area. Even if an area restriction has been rescinded, officials still have the authority under the Wildfire Act and its regulations to order anyone to leave the area.

Before entering any area affected by a wildfire, members of the public should be aware that significant safety hazards may be present. Trees that have been damaged by fire might be unstable and could fall. Ash pits can be hard to detect and can remain hot long after the flames have died down.

Nearby communities may see smoke within the fire’s perimeter over the coming weeks. Smoke
appearing from within the fire perimeter and burned material is common; however, smoke that rises from green, unburned fuel or from outside a fire’s perimeter should be reported.

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, visit: or download the BC Wildfire App free for Apple and Android devices.

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 Kamloops Fire Centre.

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