BC Wildfire officials are urging the public to be cautious this long weekend and avoid any BC Parks and the back country for those in wildfire affected areas.
Kevin Skrepnec of the BC wildfire service says that although there may not be an official closure of parks this long weekend, people should still avoid using them as the wildfire continue to rage througbhout the province.
Currently there are over 165 sites and 41 trails closed, with most closure in the Cariboo. Those closure will continue over the weekend.
John Hawkins is the Director of Rec Sites and Trails branch, and he says that people already using the parks are being encouraged to leave this weekend.
A list of complete closures can be found on the rec sites website.
From April 1 to Aug. 30, 2017, the BC Wildfire Service responded to 1,156 wildfires throughout the province, with 425 of those fires caused by people. Over 1,073,010 hectares have been burned in the province to date – the highest number of hectares burned since government started keeping such records in 1912.
The 2017 fire season is far from over and much of British Columbia is still experiencing extreme fire danger ratings. Significant wildfire activity is expected to continue into the fall.
Human-caused fires are completely preventable and unnecessarily tie up firefighting resources that could be used to deal with naturally occurring wildfire starts and the wildfires that are already burning.