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Province reminding people to be particularly careful in the back country

As Kamloops residents seek ways in which to escape smoky skies, the province is reminding people to be particularly careful in the back country.
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As Kamloops residents seek ways in which to escape smoky skies, the province is reminding people to be particularly careful in the back country.

Emergency Management BC said in a press release that as BC Wildfire crews continue to battle numerous fires, multiple incidents this summer have also required its support to rescue hikers. The province said the calls require helicopter diversion from the fire line and may challenge progress on fire suppression efforts.

BC Parks has closed numerous parks in certain areas of the province, due to the threat of wildfire. In the Kamloops Fire Centre, 28 parks have either been closed entirely or partially or put under alert.

For a list of parks affected by wildfire activity, go online to: https://bcparks.ca/wildfire.

Most of B.C.’s provincial parks remain open and residents are asked to research the place in which they plan to visit, which can be done online at hellobc.com/know-before-you-go.

The Thompson Nicola Regional District voted on July 5 to request the province impose a ban on backcountry recreation.

Related: TNRD asks provincial government to impose ban on backcountry recreation