Fire Information Officer, Kelsey Winter says these roads are being used by personnel during their firefighting efforts, which causes delays and interruptions when there’s “attempts by the public to access areas where the wildfire is burning.”
“When the public enters an area of active wildfire during suppression operations they put themselves, wildfire crews, and others at risk,” Winter writes in a release. “The top priority of the Wildfire Management Branch is the safety of firefighting personnel and the public. Areas of active wildfire suppression contain multiple potential hazards to the public, including danger trees, heavy equipment use, and unstable temporary access routes and fire guards.”
Winter goes on to say these delays can “lead to further fire growth and the possibility of putting more values and people at risk.”
To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.
For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit bcwildfire.ca.