Order to restrict access to Tommy Lakes wildfire rescinded


People are now allowed to travel in the area of the Tommy Lakes wildfire.

Due to reduced fire activity and the fight from firefighters, the BC Wildfire Service has rescinded the order to restrict access that was implemented on May 27th for areas around the blaze.

Firefighters no longer need to restrict public access to work in the area.

The fire is burning about 29 km northeast of Mile 109 on the Alaska Highway. It is currently 70% contained.

However, the BC Wildfire Service reminds members of the public that the Tommy Lakes wildfire is an active worksite and that they should exercise caution at all times while travelling in the area.

Officials still have the authority under the wildfire act 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 after the flames have died down.