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Safety in Burned Forest Areas
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Public Safety in Burned Forest Areas

  • A burned forest area poses many known and unknown hazards. Trees whose roots are burned may topple at any time, especially in windy conditions. Look out for falling tops and branches, debris torrents, mud slides, unstable roads and barbed wire from burned fences. Warning and caution signs may be missing, so use caution at all times.
  • Salvage and rehabilitation activities are under way in many burned areas. The public should keep their distance from such operations and heavy equipment.
  • Aerial seeding has been conducted on some burned areas. These areas are extremely sensitive. Please avoid these areas.
  • Many public roads within burned areas have been temporarily deactivated to reduce potential environmental concerns. This includes frequent cross ditching and in some cases, culvert removal which may or may not be negotiable with a four-wheel drive vehicle. The Ministry of Forests would prefer no vehicular traffic travel these roads.
  • Those roads that are not deactivated are likely to have active logging operations or other traffic on them. Watch out for logging trucks and other traffic at all times - they have the right of way on all forest roads.