Hikers Fined for Park Access and Campfire
Prince George, B.C. – Two hikers who became stranded this week in Tweedsmuir Park South are facing hefty fines having accessed the park while it was closed to the public, and for lighting a campfire during a province wide campfire ban.
RCMP Staff Sergeant Annie Linteau says the two hikers had to be rescued by helicopter on Tuesday from an area that was closed because of extreme wildfire hazard.
The two were rescued by helicopter with assistance from the BC Wildfire Service and the BC Parks Staff. Staff Sergeant Linteau says the two were rescued, BC Parks staff had to finish extinguishing the campfire the pair had lit the night before. According to Linteau, the hikers indicated they were aware the area was off limits and that campfires were banned.
The hikers have been issued two fines, totalling $1233.00 for accessing the park while it was closed, and for lighting a fire during a fire ban. “We urge the public to respect all bans and restrictions” says St. Sgt Linteau “It’s really unfortunate that these hikers’ blatant disregard of park closures, resulted in the diversion of valuable resources and assets mainly people and a helicopter that otherwise would be used in fire suppression efforts.