Quinn Creek and White River restriction rescinded; off-road vehicles allowed back on Crown land

A number of bans and restrictions are being lifted across the Southeast Fire centre as on Noon, Wednesday.

As the result of precipitation and cooler temperatures, the BC Wildfire Service is lifting their restrictions around the lands in the Quinn Creek area and the White River Complex, where two fires of note still burn.

“The danger rating is a lot lower,” said Fire Information Officer Carlee Kachman.

The Southeast Fire Centre is also lifting their ban of off-road vehicles on Crown land as of noon on Wednesday, September 20.

Due to recent weather changes, brush and fuels for forest fires are less likely to catch from a spark of hot engine from an off-road vehicle.

Some closures and restrictions in the area still remain, where larger fires are burning. Those in breach of the restrictions may be fined up to $767.

Further to the south, the Lodgepole fire continues to burn and is still listed at being 2,263 hectares, where 32 personnel are on scene partaking in mop-up operations.

The Soowa Mountain Fire is now 5,800 hectares and there are 29 firefighters on scene, as well as three helicopters and seven pieces of heavy machinery.

“We have a whole area restriction of the flathead area,” said Kachman.

All of the fires south of Elko and north of Elkford remain active. Campfire restrictions also remain in effect for the Southeast fire service area, and those caught burning a campfire can be subject to a fine of up to $1,150.

For a full list of remaining restrictions, visit Bcwildfire.ca

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