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Off-Road Vehicle Prohibition Lifted in Areas of BC, Some Restrictions Remain

Off-Road Vehicle Prohibition Lifted in Areas of BC, Some Restrictions Remain

The off-road vehicle prohibition in BC that has plagued recreational vehicle enthusiasts since August 4, 2017 now has been lifted. Off-road vehicle use is once again permitted on crown land in areas throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre. However, it should be noted that some area restrictions are still in effect on Crown land in the vicinity of large wildfires in those areas. Also, campfire bans are still in place throughout much of BC.

 

Off-Road Vehicle Prohibition Lifted in Parts of BC

Here’s the info released by the BC Wildfire Service:

 

9/19/2017 4:38 PM

KAMLOOPS – The operation of off-road vehicles will once again be permitted on Crown land throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre, effective at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Cooler weather conditions and recent precipitation have reduced the flammability of fine fuels in these regions, which has significantly reduced the chance of a wildfire starting from a spark or a hot engine.

However, the BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that some area restrictions are still in effect on Crown land in the vicinity of large wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre, to help protect public safety and allow firefighting operations to continue efficiently. The use of off-road vehicles will continue to be prohibited in the restricted areas around these wildfires.

Additionally, campfire prohibitions remain in effect throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre.

 

More information about these area restrictions and campfire prohibitions can be found online:

* Factsheet on fire-related prohibitions and restrictions: http://ow.ly/qUPm30fhyGz

* BC Wildfire Service website: http://www.gov.bc.ca/wildfirebans

 

Individuals found to be in contravention of an area restriction may be issued a violation ticket that carries a fine of $767, while individuals found to be in contravention of a campfire prohibition may be issued a ticket that carries a fine of $1,150. If a person’s activities causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may also be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

 

off-road vehicle prohibition

 

 

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news on:

* Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

 

Contacts:

Kamloops Fire Centre Information

BC Wildfire Service

250 554-5965

 

Southeast Fire Centre Information

BC Wildfire Service

250 365-4014

 

Cariboo Fire Centre Information

BC Wildfire Service

778 799-2101

 

 

Connect with the Province of B.C. at: www.gov.bc.ca/connect

Fire Centre Bulletin 2903

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