Public safety reminder on entering active wildfire worksites

Stefanie Poisson

July 11th, 2017 – 11.56am

 

The District is very concerned that some of our citizens are going in the bush to fight the fires.  Unfortunately, two citizens were injured as a consequence of these actions.  Please do not go into the bush without the prior authorization of the BC Wildfire Branch, you could be putting yourself and others at unnecessary RISK and you are taking time away from the needed resources to fight the fire.

Mayor Harwood

 

INFORMATION BULLETIN from BC Wildfire Service
July 11, 2017 Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations

Public safety reminder on entering active wildfire worksites

CLEARWATER – The Little Fort complex of wildfires is made up of three wildfires that collectively encompass an estimated 1,300 hectares near the town of Little Fort, north of Kamloops.
The Little Fort area wildfires are burning in challenging and steep terrain. As the landscape changes due to the fire, rocks and other rolling debris unexpectedly travel downhill and pose a high risk to humans and heavy equipment in the worksite. Due to dangerous hazards and unpredictable conditions, active wildfire worksites are closed to the public to ensure safety for community members and responders.
Members of the public from the areas surrounding the Little Fort complex wildfires have been entering the active wildfire worksites with the intention of fighting the incidents on numerous occasions. These intrusions have resulted in severe injuries, as well as a diversion of emergency services to handle the first aid response and secure the worksite.
It is critically important that members of the public obey the evacuation orders, road closures and prohibited access areas. The purpose of evacuations and closures is to ensure the safety of the public, as well as to ensure the safety of responders and access for heavy equipment.
Sections 13.1 and 13.2 of the Wildfire Act stipulate that members of the public are not allowed to access active worksites. Infringing on these laws may result in legal enforcement, and possible fines.
The priority of the wildfire response strategy for the BC Wildfire Service is always to protect life and property in the safest manner possible, and unauthorized public entering the worksite jeopardizes our ability to do so.
If members of the public see increased wildfire activity or safety hazards, please call the BC Wildfire Service or local emergency services immediately and do not attempt to access the site.

Report Wildfires: 1 800 663-5555 or *5555

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