Area restriction around Allie Lake wildfire north of Kamloops rescinded
The area restriction that had been established around the Allie Lake wildfire northwest of Kamloops has been rescinded.
Firefighting personnel no longer need to restrict public access to operate efficiently in the area.
However, the BC Wildfire Service reminds members of the public that the Allie Lake fire is an active worksite, and they should exercise caution at all times while travelling in the area. Even if an area restriction has been rescinded, officials still have the authority under the Wildfire Act and its regulations to order anyone to leave the area.
Before entering any area affected by 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 down. Ash pits can be hard to detect and can remain hot long after the flames have died down.
Although the Allie Lake fire is 100% contained, 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.
If smoke is appearing from well within the fire perimeter and that area is surrounded by burned material, it’s typically not a concern. However, smoke that rises from green, unburned fuel or from outside a fire’s perimeter should be reported immediately.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation, call 1 800 663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on a cellphone. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, go to: www.bcwildfire.ca