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Area restriction for Teare Creek wildfire rescinded

Public still urged to use caution while in the area near McBride
Teare Creek wildfire pictured on May 5.

The area restriction for the Teare Creek wildfire near McBride has been rescinded, B.C. Wildfire Services says.

"With the reduced fire activity and behaviour, both current and anticipated, there is no longer a need to restrict public access in order for firefighting personnel to operate efficiently and safely in the area," BCWS said in a bulletin issued Monday.

But the public is urged to be cautious while in the area. 

"Even if an area restriction has been rescinded, officials still have authority under the Wildfire Act and the Wildfire Regulations to order anyone to leave the area.

"Before entering any area affected by a 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. Ash pits can be hard to detect and can remain hot long after the flames have died down."

Residents of McBride may continue to see smoke from within the perimeter and burned material; however, smoke that rises from green, unburnt fuel or from outside the perimeter should be reported immediately.

To report a wildfire or an open burning violation, call *5555 on a cell phone or 1-800-663-5555 toll-free. Reporting is also available through the BC Wildfire Service mobile app.

The wildfire was classified as under control on Wednesday.