Updated area restriction in vicinity of northeast wildfires

PRINCE GEORGE – The BC Wildfire Service is issuing an update to a pre-existing Area Restriction Order for the vicinity of the Patry Creek (G90207) and Nogah Creek (G90228) wildfires, located in the Fort Nelson Zone. 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p.m. (noon) PT on Monday, May 27, 2024, and remains in effect until the earlier of Oct. 15, 2024, or until the Order is rescinded.

This Order applies to Crown land within the geographic boundaries described below, referencing geographic locations, geographic coordinates and the 16-point compass rose directions:

  • Starting at the confluence of Liard River and Fort Nelson River at Coordinate A (59°33.44’N, 123°59.60’W);
  • Then heading E for 187.8 km at a bearing of 88.6° to a location 16 km NNE of Helmut Airstrip at Coordinate B (59°33.44’N, 120°40.34’W); then heading S for 115.7 Km at a bearing of 180° to Ekwan Lake at Coordinate C (58°31.10’N, 120°40.34’W);
  • Then heading W for 70.1 km at a bearing of 270.6° to the intersection of Nogah Road and 61 Road at Coordinate D (58°31.14’N, 121°52.56’W);
  • Then heading NW for 60.1 km at a bearing of 322.2° to a point 11 km N of Old Fort Nelson at Coordinate E (58°56.82’N, 122°30.48’W);
  • Then heading WSW for 88.3 km at a bearing of 145.5° to the intersection of Highway 77 and Highway 97 at Coordinate F (58°54.08’N, 123°07.52’W’);
  • Then heading NW for 49.8 km at a bearing of 321.9° to the confluence of Obole Creek and Fort Nelson River at Coordinate G (59°15.10’N, 123°39.81’W);
  • Then heading NNW along the Fort Nelson River to the starting point at Coordinate A (59°33.44’N, 123°59.60’W).

A map of this Area Restriction Order is provided below:

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 their residence;
  2. Using a highway as defined in the Transportation Act;
  3. Entering the area as a person acting in an official capacity;
  4. Entering the area for an approved purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities;
  5. Entering the area for the purposes of carrying out an industrial activity at a regulated oil and gas site.

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, *5555 on a cell phone or through the BC Wildfire Service mobile app.

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