The area restriction around the Bearhole Lake wildfire has been lifted.

The nearly 6,500-hectare wildfire burning east of Tumbler Ridge was classified as under control on Wednesday. Now, the area restriction preventing people from recreating in the area has also been pulled.

The BC Wildfire Service has stated there’s no longer a need to restrict public access while firefighters continue to work in the area. However, they remind everyone that the fire is still active, and they should be careful in the area.

Be aware that fire-damaged trees can fall very easily, especially during windy periods. There may also be ash pits in the area, which are hard to detect and can remain hot long after the flames have died down.

Firefighters will also still be using the Forest Service Roads for suppression activity, and drivers must exercise caution.