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Off-road vehicle prohibitions rescinded throughout B.C.

The operation of off-road vehicles will once again be permitted on Crown land throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre, effective at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.

Cooler weather conditions and recent precipitation have reduced the flammability of fine fuels in these regions, which has significantly reduced the chance of a wildfire starting from a spark or a hot engine.

However, the BC Wildfire Service reminds the public that some area restrictions are still in effect on Crown land in the vicinity of large wildfires in the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre, to help protect public safety and allow firefighting operations to continue efficiently. The use of off-road vehicles will continue to be prohibited in the restricted areas around these wildfires.

Additionally, campfire prohibitions remain in effect throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre.

More information about these area restrictions and campfire prohibitions can be found online:

Individuals found to be in contravention of an area restriction may be issued a violation ticket that carries a fine of $767, while individuals found to be in contravention of a campfire prohibition may be issued a ticket that carries a fine of $1,150. If a person’s activities causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may also be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

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

For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

OUTDOOR RANGE UPDATE

Outdoor Range is now open again Sept 19 1 PM

Due to the reduced threat of wildfire the outdoor range at Barrett Creek is open again for club members and guests.

Ranges open with restrictions

 We are opening the ranges but keeping the restrictions (no tracers, no steel jackets, no binary targets, smoking on cement pads or hard gravel only etc) in place.  We encourage use between 7:30 and noon.

Volunteers needed and short term closure

There are a few things that need to be done at the outdoor range to prepare for the Heritage Match on Aug 27 and I need some volunteers. I would ask that the range be closed on Sunday 20, 2017 from 1200 pm to 4pm.

Due to the heat waves at this time of day, there would be very little use in sighting in rifles and the more help we have the quicker we can open the range back up.

I would ask that they bring a lunch and some water. We will need help to clear the shooting lanes of grass/shrubs, need some muscle to pull carpet onto some of the berms and assistance with the installation of the new targets.

 

Many thanks Howie

Ranges open with restrictions

We are opening the ranges but keeping the restrictions (no tracers, no steel jackets, no binary targets, smoking on cement pads only etc) in place.  And encourage use between 7:30 and noon.

Effective august 16th

Wally Kampen, President

Howie Grant, Range Master

Alan Bond, Director / VP

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Please remember to sign the attendance book legibly and record your member number beside your name when you use the range.  If you have a guest, the guest’s name must be entered also.

Note that your key to the gate will also fit the first aid box on the wall behind the firing benches.  Be safe!

Outdoor Range Closure Monday September 4th

Please be advised our outdoor range will again be closed Starting Monday September 4th due to extreme wildfire risk, Keep checking website for updates

We use Smallwood as a comparable Danger Class to our outdoor range and when we have had 3 consecutive days of extreme class 5 Danger ratings we close the range

When we have 2 consecutive days of class 3 danger rating we open with restrictions.

We do not close again until we have had 3 consecutive days of extreme class 5 danger ratings

As the danger class rating falls below 3 we start to remove restrictions

To view UPDATED Danger Class ratings in our comparable area and other South East fire center areas please go to this link

http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/DgrCls/index.asp?Region=6

Vehicle restrictions still in effect

August 31, 2017

Notice to Hunters:  ORV Restrictions

Check road status in any area you are planning to hunt as there are a number of specific road closures in place in the Cariboo, Kamloops, East Kootenays regions and a number more to be announced.


CASTLEGAR – The BC Wildfire Service is reminding the public that the operation of off-road vehicles (ORVs) and all motorcycles for recreational purposes on Crown land continues to be prohibited throughout the Southeast Fire Centre.

The BC Wildfire Service is continually monitoring conditions and this ORV prohibition may be expanded or rescinded as needed. It will remain in place until the public is otherwise notified.

Anyone found in contravention of this off-road vehicle prohibition may be issued a violation ticket in the amount of $767. If the contravention causes or contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.

Jeeps, trucks or other “on-highway” vehicles must remain on constructed or defined road surfaces. The road surface must consist of amineral soil or mixed gravel/mineral soil surface that is clear of grass, wood debris or any other flammable organic material across the entire road surface. Drivers are not allowed to go off-road in such vehicles while this prohibition is in effect.

The prohibition of off-road vehicles and on-highway vehicles does not apply to private lands or national parks. It also does not apply to emergency responders or to agriculture or commercial/industrial users who operate vehicles for farming, emergency response or business purposes.

With bow-hunting season scheduled to begin on Friday, Sept. 1, and rifle hunting season on Sept. 10, registered guides and outfitters are advised that the off-road vehicle prohibition does not apply to them while they’re using ORVs for business purposes. Such business purposes would include activities such as transporting supplies, setting up camps and general preparations for hunting operations. However, permitted ORV activities do not include guided clients using ORVs to hunt or gain access to the backcountry.

To report an off-road violation, call the Report all Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1 877 952-7277.

The Southeast Fire Centre extends from the U.S. border in the south to the Mica Dam in the north 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 Resource District and the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call *5555 on a cellphone or 1 800 663-5555 toll-free. For the latest information on current wildfire activity, burning restrictions, road closures and air quality advisories, visit: www.bcwildfire.ca

You can also follow the latest wildfire news:

* On Twitter: http://twitter.com/BCGovFireInfo

* On Facebook: http://facebook.com/BCForestFireInfo

Specific Forest Use restrictions and maps by fire centre are listed at the following website: http://bcfireinfo.for.gov.bc.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/Bans.asp

Information on BC Parks closed due to wildfire hazard can be found on the BC Parks website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/

Information on Rec Sites and Trails closed due to wildfire hazard can be found on the Rec Sites and Trails website:

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/sports-culture/recreation/camping-hiking/sites-trai

Volunteers needed and short term closure

There are a few things that need to be done at the outdoor range to prepare for the Heritage Match on Aug 27 and I need some volunteers. I would ask that the range be closed on Sunday 20, 2017 from 1200 pm to 4pm.

Due to the heat waves at this time of day, there would be very little use in sighting in rifles and the more help we have the quicker we can open the range back up.

I would ask that they bring a lunch and some water. We will need help to clear the shooting lanes of grass/shrubs, need some muscle to pull carpet onto some of the berms and assistance with the installation of the new targets.

 

Many thanks Howie