Area Restriction in effect for Big Creek wildfire

PRINCE GEORGE – The BC Wildfire Service is implementing an Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Big Creek Wildfire (G60666), located south of the Omineca Arm of Williston Lake and West of Kilometre 148 on the Finlay Forest Service Road. 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effect at 12 p.m. (PDT) on August 23, 2023 and will remain in force until September 30, 2023, or until it is otherwise rescinded. The order applies to crown land within the geographic boundary outlined below and shown on the provided map:

  • Referencing to geographic locations, geographic coordinates and the 16-point compass rose directions, starting at the intersection of Finlay Forest Service Road (FSR) and Osilinka FSR at coordinate A (56º 05.980’N, -124º 31.432’W); then heading SSW to the confluence of Big Creek and Omineca River at coordinate B (56º 00.430’N, -124º 34.102’W); then heading WNW to Uslika Peak coordinate C (56º 06.429’N, -125º 10.442’W); then heading N to 46 km on Tenakihi FSR at coordinate D (56º 11.508’N, -125º 11.826’W); then heading ENE to Tenakihi Peak at coordinate E (56º 13.608’N, -125º 03.356’W); then heading ESE to the starting point at the intersection of Finlay FSR and Osilinka FSR at coordinate A.

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:

  1. Travelling to or from his or her residence;
  2. Travelling through or entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity; or
  3. Travelling through or entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.

View the affected map area here.

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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Prince George Fire Centre Information Officer
BC Wildfire Service | Ministry of Forests
Phone: 250-561-4629
Email: INFOPG@gov.bca

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