By Pioneer Staff
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There is no longer an area restriction in place around the Mineral Creek wildfire (N22147). The area can now be used efficiently and safely by firefighting personnel without limiting public access to the site.

The wildfire situated southwest of Panorama has been declared out of control since its discovery. On Aug. 4, the Mineral Creek Fire was reclassified as being held, which means it is unlikely to grow further under current conditions.

 People are advised to exercise caution during travel in the Mineral Creek area as the wildfire is an active job site. The Wildfire Act, which provides authorities to order anyone to leave an area even if it has been rescinded, still applies.

 Members of the public should be aware that they may encounter significant safety hazards when entering areas that have been affected by wildfires. Fire damage can make trees unstable and cause them to fall. It is sometimes difficult to detect ash pits, and their heat can persist even after the flames have died down.

 In many cases, burnt material and smoke appear within the fire perimeter. Upon discovering smoke rising from green, unburned fuel or outside the perimeter of the fire, notify local authorities right away.

 Depending on fire activity, road closures and area restrictions may change. For the most current information regarding the bans and restrictions section of the B.C. Wildfire website for the Southeast Fire Centre, visit

 Call 10800-663-5555 toll-free or *5555 on your cell phone to report a wildfire, unattended campfire or open burning violation. Find out more about wildfire activities, burning restrictions, road closures and air-quality advisories by visiting or by downloading the B.C. Wildfire App free.