PARKSVILLE– The BC Wildfire Service has implemented an Area Restriction Order within the vicinity of the Kookipi Creek wildfire (V11337), located near Kookipi Creek. This Order takes effect at 12 (noon) Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) on Sept. 5, 2023, and remains in force until the earlier of 12 (midnight) PDT on Sept 26, 2023, or until the Order is rescinded.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° 7.566’, -121° 43.93’), at the confluence of Kwoiek Creek and Kwoiek Lake, travel east along Kwoiek Creek to Point 2 (50° 06.337’, -121° 33.882’), at the confluence of Kwoiek Creek and Fraser River, excluding the WHYEEK 4 Indian Reserve.
East Boundary: Commencing at Point 2, travel south along the west shore of the Fraser River to Point 3 (49° 57.192’, -121° 29.004’), at the northwest corner boundary of the SPEYUM 3 Indian Reserve, excluding the STLAKAMENT 9 Indian Reserve and CHUKCHEETSO 7 Indian Reserve. From Point 3, travel southwest along the boundaries of SPEYUM 3 Indian Reserve and CHAUMOX 11 Indian Reserve to Point 4 (49° 56.197’, -121° 29.739’), at the junction of Speyum Creek and the boundary of CHAUMOX 11 Indian Reserve.
South Boundary: Commencing at Point 4, travel due west for 17.9 km to Point 5 (49° 56.546’, -121° 44.707’).
West Boundary: Commencing at Point 5, travel due north for 20.4 km 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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