After a lengthy ban, backcountry roads in the Cariboo are open.
Members of the public once again can access the majority of Crown land within the Cariboo Fire Centre.
There are some smaller area restrictions near active wildfires to protect public safety and allow fire suppression efforts to continue.
Due to improving weather conditions and fire suppression, Recreation Sites and Trails BC — in consultation with the BC Wildfire Service — will re-open select recreation sites and recreation trails within the Cariboo Fire Centre at 12 noon on Aug. 25, 2017.
Until further notice, the following recreation sites and trails will remain closed:
- all sites and trails west of the Fraser River, except for certain sites and trails northwest of Quesnel;
- all sites and trails south of Highway 24 in the Interlakes area; and
- all sites and trails within (or accessed through) wildfire closure areas or evacuation order and alert zones.
Recreation sites and trails within the declared title lands of the Tsilhqot’in First Nation (Xeni Gwet’in caretaker area) also remain closed.
Kevin Skrepnek is with the BC wildfire service and he says it was an extraordinary move to put the ban in effect.
Skrepnek adds it’s been a long time since they’ve used this ban.
The BC wildfire service wants to remind people who are heading into the backcountry should remain vigilant and exercise caution, there is still an offroad vehicle ban in place as well.
You can get more information at the BC government website.
** BC Government Release **