By Laura Keil
The Area Restriction that was established around the Teare Creek wildfire has been rescinded as of noon on May 29, 2023.
The Prince George Fire Centre says with current and anticipated reduced fire activity and behaviour, there is no longer a need to restrict public access in order for firefighting personnel to operate efficiently and safely in the area. The Teare Creek wildfire was classified as Under Control on May 24, 2023.
But the Fire Centre warns that the BC Wildfire Service reminds members of the public and industry that the Teare Creek wildfire is still an active wildfire and caution should be exercised at all times while travelling or working in the area. They say even if an area restriction has been rescinded, officials still have authority under the Wildfire Act and the Wildfire Regulations to order anyone to leave the area.
“Before entering any area affected by a wildfire, members of the public should be aware that significant safety hazards may be present. Trees that have been damaged by fire might be unstable and could fall. Ash pits can be hard to detect and can remain hot long after the flames have died down.”
Road closures and area restrictions are subject to change depending on fire activity. For the most current information please visit the BC Wildfire Service’s Bans and Restriction Page.
Residents of the Village of McBride may continue to see smoke from within the perimeter and burned material; however, smoke that rises from green, unburnt fuel or from outside the perimeter should be reported immediately.
To report a wildfire or an open burning violation, call *5555 on a cell phone or 1-800-663-5555 toll-free. Reporting is also available through the BC Wildfire Service mobile app.