The BC Wildfire Service has implemented an area restriction order in the vicinity of the Tremont Creek wildfire, which is burning out of control near Ashcroft.
The area restriction, as shown on the attached map, is in effect until Oct. 15 or until it is rescinded beforehand.
The order applies to Crown land within the geographic boundaries on the map and stretches from the west end of Kamloops Lake, east to near Cache Creek and south to near Ashcroft.
Under Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, people are prohibited from being in the restricted area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area only in the course of:
(a) Travelling as a person acting in an official capacity.
(b) Travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.
(c) Travelling as a person working for Highland Valley Copper Mine to and from the mine site for the purposes of maintaining critical infrastructure at the site.
(d) Travelling to or from his or her principle residence, that is not under an evacuation order.
(e) Travelling to or from private or leased property for the purposes of accessing a secondary residence or recreational property, that is not under an evacuation order.
(f) Engaging and/or participating in agricultural activities pertaining to livestock or agriculture management on private or leased property.
(g) Using a highway as defined in the Highway Act (e.g. use of travelling along Hwy 97C).
The fire, which was discovered on July 12, has grown to an estimated 5,000 hectares as of July 19. The Village of Ashcroft and the Ashcroft Indian Band have issued evacuation alerts, while the Oregon Jack Creek Indian Band has issued an evacuation order.
There are 298 fires burning in B.C., of which 37 are fires of note.