The area around the Christie Mountain wildfire that was restricted to the public is no longer restricted effective at 12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (BC Wildfire photo)

Area restriction around Christie Mountain wildfire lifted

Crews are still active in the area and people should use caution when travelling in it

The area restriction that was established around the Christie Mountain wildfire will be rescinded effective at 12 p.m. today (Monday, Sept. 14, 2020).

Firefighting personnel no longer need to restrict public access to operate efficiently and safely in the area, said the BC Wildfire Service in a news release.

The Christie Mountain wildfire is still an active worksite and people should exercise caution at all times while travelling in the area.

The wildfire service also reminded members of the public that even if an area restriction has been rescinded, officials still have the authority to order anyone to leave the area as significant safety hazards may still be present.

Trees that have been damaged by fire might be unstable and could fall down. Ash pits can be hard to detect and can remain hot long after the flames have died down, according to the BC Wildfire Service.

Nearby communities can still expect to see smoke within the fire’s perimeter over the coming weeks. This is common with large wildfires, and smoke will continue to be visible until there is significant rainfall at the site.

Smoke appearing from well within the fire perimeter and burned material is common. However, smoke that rises from green, unburned fuel or from outside a fire’s perimeter should be reported immediately.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone.

For up-to-date information on current wildfire activity, conditions and prohibitions visit bcwildfire.ca or call 1-888-336-7378.

READ MORE: Christie Mountain wildfire deemed under control

READ MORE: BCTF urging teachers affected by smoke to take sick days; says schools not safe currently



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