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Crown land in the Interior will reopen to off road vehicles this week

September 19, 2017 - 4:57 PM

KAMLOOPS - Back road enthusiasts in the Interior have spent more than 40 days waiting to get back on the trails, but that ends as of tomorrow, Sept. 20.

No off-road vehicles have been allowed on the back roads since Aug. 4 in the Cariboo, Kamloops, and Southeast Fire Centres.

In a media release, the B.C. Wildfire Service says cooler weather and some rain are getting the credit for rescinding the ban. Though the better conditions have lessened the risk of spark or a hot engine starting a blaze, campfires continue to be prohibited.

While most of the areas that have been closed off will reopen on Wednesday, the media statement says Crown land around active wildfires will remain closed to the public.

If you are caught violating the ban on Crown land, you could be handed a fine of $767 while those who choose to violate the campfire ban will be fined $1,150.

If you see somebody violating these rules or if you have discovered a fire, call *5555 on a cellphone or dial 1-800-663-5555

For a fact sheet on fire related prohibitions and restrictions, go here.

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