The Casino Gun Range is open again, however signs are in place warning there is still a fire risk. Photo submitted

Casino Gun Range re-opened, prohibitions still in place

Southeast Fire Centre is reminding the public about ongoing prohibitions

The Casino Gun Range is open for the long weekend but signs are posted warning users about the ongoing risk of fire.

Additionally, the range reminds users that exploding targets and any incendiary device or bullet that could cause a fire is prohibited.

With minimal rain in the forecast and a long weekend on the way, the Southeast Fire Centre is advising the public that a campfire ban is still in place and off-road vehicles (ORVs) and motorcycles for recreational purposes are prohibited on Crown land.

Given the number of fires currently burning in B.C., the aggressive behaviour of current wildfires and lightning in the forecast, the prevention of human-caused fires is paramount.

Jeeps, trucks or other “on-highway” vehicles must remain on constructed or defined road surfaces. The road surface must consist of a mineral 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 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.

The BC Wildfire Service is continually monitoring conditions and this ORV prohibition may be expanded or rescinded as needed.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.

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

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