SE Fire Centre Issues Reminder About Backcountry Closure and ORV Restrictions

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The SE Fire Centre issued a reminder about the backcountry closure and Off Road Vehicle restrictions today.

As many people are heading west to hunt, we have included the ORV information. A reminder that East Kootenay is within the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District, which remains closed.

Here is the update from the SE Fire Centre:

The BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that the operation of any off-road vehicle for recreational or hunting purposes on Crown land remains prohibited within the Southeast Fire Centre. In addition, all Crown land within the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District remains closed to public access due to the current fire danger ratings and the number of wildfires burning in the region.

While some parts of B.C. have been experiencing cooler temperatures and rain, the fire danger rating is still “high” or “extreme” in many areas of the Southeast Fire Centre. The BC Wildfire Service continually monitors conditions in the region and these restrictions may be expanded or rescinded as needed.

The off-road vehicle prohibition that is in effect throughout the Southeast Fire Centre and the public access restriction that is in effect in the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District will remain in place until conditions warrant otherwise and the BC Wildfire Service rescinds these two measures.

A map of the area affected by the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District closure is available online: Anyone found in contravention of the off-road vehicle prohibition or the backcountry closure may be issued a violation ticket in the amount of $767. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Air Quality: The Air Quality Advisory remains in effect in the East Kootenay.

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit:

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