Area Restriction implemented for the McDougall Creek wildfire

KAMLOOPS – The BC Wildfire Service has implemented an Area Restriction Order within the vicinity of the McDougall Creek wildfire (K52767), located adjacent to West Kelowna. This Order takes effect at 12 p.m. (noon) PDT on Sept. 8, 2023, and remains in force until the earlier of 12 p.m. (noon) PDT on Sept. 15, 2023 or until the Order is rescinded.

This area restriction reflects the need to protect public and BC Wildfire Service personnel safety in areas where fire suppression activities are taking place.

Under this Order and section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the restricted area unless the person is:

(a) Travelling as a person acting in an official capacity;

(b) Travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities;

(c) Travelling to or from his or her principal residence, that is not under an evacuation order;

(d) Travelling to or from his or her private or leased property for the purposes of accessing his or her secondary residence or recreational property, that is not under an evacuation order;

(e) Using a highway as defined in the Highway Act; or

(f) Engaging and/or participating in agricultural activities pertaining to livestock or agriculture management on Crown Range, Crown Grazing Lease, private or leased property.

This Order applies to Crown land within the geographic boundaries described below and as outlined in the heavy black dashed and shaded grey line on the map located here.

North Boundary: Commencing at Point 1 (50° 12.437′, -119° 28.275′) located at the junction of North Westside Road and Sugarloaf FSR, head west along Sugarloaf FSR, then Whiteman Creek FSR to the junction of FSR 8569.07, just north of Sucker Lake (Point 2: 50° 13.814′, -119° 52.840’).

West Boundary: Commencing at Point 2, take a bearing 190.98° and travel south for 35.93km to Trepanier Creek, just north of Hwy 97C (Point 3: 49° 54.783’, -119° 58.559’).

South Boundary: Commencing at Point 3, follow Trepanier Creek south and easterly to Clover Creek then south along Clover Creek to the junction of Clover Creek and Trepanier FSR (Point 4: 49° 52.15’, -119° 51.469’). Continue following Trepanier FSR in a southeasterly direction to where it intersects the boundary of PID 003990362. Follow the north edge of PID 003990362 east to the intersection with Trepanier FSR (Point 5: 49° 49.225′, -119° 46.083′). Continue in an easterly direction along north boundaries of the private property (PID 003239136, then PID 003239217, PID 003239233, PID 003239268, PID 029605466) before heading along the west boundary of PID 012251445 to its northeast corner. Continue along the north boundary of PID 018458726, and PID 012112038, then proceed in a clockwise direction along the west, north and east edges of PID 011419831. Stay along the east edges of PID 024816647, PID 024816663, PID 024816680, PID 018716873, and PID 018716890, then follow the boundary of Trepanier Creek Conservation Lands easterly to the intersection with the West Kelowna Municipal Boundary (Point 6: 49° 48.774′, -119° 43.555′).

East Boundary: Commencing at Point 6, follow the West Kelowna Municipal Boundary in a north and easterly direction to where the northeast corner of the West Kelowna Municipal boundary intersects the western shore of Okanagan Lake (Point 7: 49° 55.361′, -119° 31.318′). Continue to follow the natural western shoreline of Okanagan Lake north to the southeast corner of Evely Forest Recreation Site (Point 8: 50° 12.220′, -119° 28.408′), then follow the boundary of Evely Forest Recreation Site, east to where it intersects with North Westside Road (Point 9: 50° 12.222’, -119° 28.661′). Travel north along North Westside Road back to Point 1.

The BC Wildfire Service would like to remind the public that while access to private residences are permitted, the public must remain out of active fire areas. Interference in these areas has a direct impact on operations and poses a safety risk to both the individual and to BC Wildfire Service personnel.

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

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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