The Cariboo Fire Centre says it may shut down backcountry access because of extreme fire danger and active wildfires in the region.
The restriction, if needed, would cover all Crown land within the Cariboo Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. People must not remain or enter the restricted area without prior written authorization, unless the person:
enters the area only in the course of:
(a) Travelling to or from his or her principle residence;
(b) Using a highway as defined in the Highway Act;
(c) Travelling as a person acting in an official capacity; or
(d) Travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.
The final decision will be made Friday morning. Officials say the area restriction will be implemented if high winds materialize as currently forecasted.
The Cariboo Fire Centre stretches from Loon Lake (near Clinton) in the south to the Cottonwood River (near Quesnel) in the north and from Tweedsmuir Provincial Park in the west to Wells Gray Provincial Park in the east.