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Wells Gray backcountry access reopens

Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray Provincial Park.
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September 12, 2017 - 12:28 PM

CLEARWATER - Thanks to forecasted rain and cooler temperatures, the backcountry in Wells Gray Provincial Park has reopened.

The Ministry of Environment said in a news release that B.C. Parks and Trails B.C. rescinded the closure today, Sept. 12.

Backcountry access in certain areas of the park was closed earlier this summer to protect public safety during an unprecedented wildfire season.

Although the public will be allowed to access backcountry areas in the park again, the B.C. Wildfire Service is maintaining a campfire ban in the Kamloops Fire Centre.

The ministry asks for the public to not light campfires anywhere in Wells Gray Provincial Park, or anywhere else in the fire centre, until the ban is lifted.

Even though the backcountry has been reopened, wildfire situations can change quickly, and the ministry says B.C. Parks and the B.C. Wildfire Service will continue to monitor the situation. Closures may be put in place in the future should the need arise.

For more information on Wells Gray Provincial Park, go here.

To report a wildfire or open burning violation, call 1 800-663-5555 or *5555 on a cellphone.

For the latest information on wildfire activity, go here.

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