Expanded Area Restriction for Nation Lakes Area

PRINCE GEORGE – The BC Wildfire Service is expanding its Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Nation Lakes area. 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 on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at 12 p.m. (PDT) and remains in force until the earlier of Saturday, September 30, 2023, or until the Order is rescinded. The order applies to crown land within the geographic boundary outlined below and shown on the map provided.

Starting at Pine Point on Tchentlo Lake at coordinates A (55° 12.673’N, -124° 56.747’W) then heading north to the south end of Valleau Creek at coordinates B (55° 32.899’N, -125° 0.352’W). Then heading easterly to the Thutade Forest Service Road at coordinate C (55° 33.311’N, -124° 15.767’W) traveling along the Thutade FSR to the intersection of the Finlay Manson Forest Service Road at coordinate D (55° 32.650’N, -124° 9.298’W). Moving east along the Finlay Manson FSR to the intersection of the Finlay Manson FSR and the Munro Mainline at coordinate E (55° 32.860’N, -124° 3.781’W). Moving south easterly along the Munro Mainline to coordinate F (55° 26.664’N, -123° 54.530’W), then heading south to the Finlay-Nation Forest Development Road at coordinate G (55° 22.918’N, -123° 54.696’W) moving along the Finlay-Nation to the intersection of the Finlay-Sylvestor Forest Development Road at coordinate H (55° 22.041’N, -124° 1.782’W), heading south-west along the Finlay Sylvestor to coordinate I (55° 16.318’N, -124° 8.006’W) moving south-west to the northwest corner of Chuchi Lake at coordintes J (55° 11.325’N, -124° 23.524’W) then moving east along the north side of the Chuchi Lake, crossing the Nation River and following the north side of Tchentlo Lake to starting coordinates A (55° 12.673’N, -124° 56.747’W).

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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BC Wildfire Service | Ministry of Forests
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