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Area restriction implemented for Christie Mountain Wildfire near Penticton

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August 22, 2020 - 9:01 AM

The BC Wildfire Service implemented an area restriction order for Crown land in the area of the Christie Mountain wildfire in order to protect public safety and avoid interference with fire control.

This area restriction is effective as of noon on Aug. 21 and will remain in place until noon on Oct. 15, or until it is rescinded. This order applies to Crown land within the geographic boundaries outlined below and shown on the map posted online here.

Under this order and Section 11(2) of the Wildfire Act, a person must not remain in or enter the restricted area without the prior written authorization of an official designated for the purposes of the Wildfire Act, unless the person enters the area only in the course of travelling to or from his or her principle residence that is not under an evacuation order.

They aren't allowed into the area unless they are travelling to or from private or leased property for the purposes of accessing a secondary residence or recreational property that is not under an evacuation order or travelling as a person acting in an official capacity and travelling for the purpose of supporting wildfire suppression activities.

Those who are engaging and/or participating in agricultural activities pertaining to livestock or vineyard management on private or leased property can get into the space.

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

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