BC Wildfire Service releases maps of fire buffer zones

Campfire and off-road vehicle restrictions are still in place in the Cariboo Fire Centre.

Following the lifting of back-country restrictions in the Cariboo Fire Centre on Aug. 23, the BC Wildfire Service has released updated maps showing active fire perimeters and the five- and 10-kilometre buffer zones into which the public must not stray.

These areas are restricted, said BC Wildfire Service, and individuals may not enter without prior written authorization.

The restrictions are in place to protect the public and allow fire fighting efforts to continue efficiently. Detailed maps showing the buffer zones can be found here.

The BC Wildfire Service lifted the back-country ban for the area due to decreased wildfire risk.

The campfire ban remains in effect for the Cariboo Fire Centre, as does the off-road vehicle ban.

Regarding the fires closest to Quesnel, the Kluskoil Lake 1 fire west of Quesnel is still currently active and, as of an update on Aug. 23, covers 19,836 hectares. An evacuation order is in effect in much of the region.

The Castle Rock/Twan Lake South fire west of Highway 97 in the Tingley Creek/Soap Lake area also remains active, but BC Wildfire Service has classified it as 100 per cent contained. It currently covers an estimated 5,648 hectares. Evacuation orders and alerts in the area are still in effect.

The Green Mountain fire is 90 per cent contained and covers 595 hectares.