Kamloops Fire Rescue educating park-goers during intense fire season

KAMLOOPS - While areas of the province are being scorched during one of the worst wildfire seasons on record so far, Kamloops firefighters are educating public park-goers on how to be fire smart.

Kamloops Fire Rescue Asst. Chief Dave McMahon says now that public parks like Kenna Cartwright and Rose Hill Park are re-opened after being closed due to an extreme fire danger rating, crews are taking the opportunity to educate the public.

"We’ve opened them with hesitation, we want people to be mindful," McMahon says.

Firefighters will be making the rounds when they're not busy attending to blazes like they had to earlier this morning near the Halston Bridge. McMahon says it's too early to say what the cause of the fire was but investigators are expected to be on scene today, Aug. 2.

McMahon is advising park-goers to be vigilant on the trails, and if they see any indication of a fire starting or behaviour that could lead to fires, to call and report it.

Needless to say, smokers should be discarding their cigarettes in a responsible way all the time, let alone in this intense fire season.

"Be aware, for sure," McMahon says.

Crews will be in Kenna Cartwright and Rose Hill parks today and they anticipate educating people in Peterson Creek Park and Kenna Cartwright Park again tomorrow.

If you see a wildfire, call *5555 from a cell phone or 1 800-663-5555.

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