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CASTLEGAR - 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 closedto public access due to the current fire danger ratings and the number of wildfires burning inthe region. While some parts of B.C. have been experiencing cooler temperatures and rain, thefire danger rating is still "high" or "extreme"in many areas of the Southeast Fire Centre.
A map of the area affected by the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District closure is availableonline: http://ow.ly/EfiR30eQBUm
Anyone found in contravention of the off-road vehicle prohibition or the backcountry closuremay be issued a violation ticket in the amount of $767. If the contravention causes orcontributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting andassociated costs.
The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to the Mica Dam in thenorth and from the Okanagan Highlands and Monashee Mountains in the west to the B.C.-Alberta border in the east. The Southeast Fire Centre includes the Selkirk Natural ResourceDistrict and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.
To report an off-road vehicle violation, call the Report All Polluters and Poachers (RAPP) line at1 877 952-7277.
To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 tollfree.For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closuresand air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca
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