All evacuation alerts in the Cariboo Regional District have been lifted, according to a CRD news release issued this morning (Sept. 14).
There are now no evacuation alerts or orders in the Cariboo Regional District.
To ensure public safety, the CRD urges the public to stay out of fire affected areas and obey all warning and hazard signs.
The news comes as the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development issued a statement cautioning residents to stay clear of burned areas.
Hunters, recreationalists and anyone else heading into the back country should use caution when travelling in areas affected by wildfires, since there may be safety hazards present. These hazards could include:
* danger trees (fire-damaged trees that have become unstable and could fall over without warning)
* ash pits, which may be hard to detect and can remain hot long after the flames have died down
* unstable soils and terrain
* increased potential for landslides or rock falls
* damaged trails or irregular trail surfaces
* increased water runoff, which could lead to flooding or debris flows
* damaged fencing, which could allow livestock to enter roadways
The Ministry release says risk mitigation and rehabilitation planning are already underway in some areas, and post-wildfire hazard assessments will be completed on significant wildfires to identify potential threats to public safety, buildings or infrastructure.
The BC Wildfire Service reminds members of the public that they also need to use extreme caution in regions where fires are still burning. Wildfires are active work sites where fire suppression efforts may be ongoing.
People can expect to see smouldering ground fires and smoke within the perimeters of existing wildfires over the coming weeks. This is common with large wildfires and may continue for some time. If smoke is rising from well within a fire’s perimeter and the area is surrounded by black, burned material, this is typically not a concern. However, smoke rising from green, unburned fuel or from outside a fire’s perimeter should be reported immediately.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire 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