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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
Sept. 12, 2017
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Wells Gray Provincial Park backcountry re-opened

KAMLOOPS – Due to the current and forecasted conditions in Wells Gray Provincial Park, BC Parks and Recreation Sites and Trails BC today rescinded a closure.

Backcountry access in specific areas of the park had been closed by BC Parks, in co-ordination with the BC Wildfire Service and Recreation Sites and Trails BC, to protect public safety.

While the public will once again be able to enjoy the backcountry areas throughout Wells Gray Provincial Park, the BC Wildfire Service is maintaining a campfire ban throughout the entire Kamloops Fire Centre. Please ensure that campfires are not lit anywhere in Wells Gray Provincial Park until the campfire ban is lifted.

Wildfires are dynamic and circumstances may change quickly. BC Parks and the BC Wildfire Service will continue to assess the situation to help protect public safety. Should the need arise, provincial park closures may be enacted in the future. 

For more information about Wells Gray Provincial Park, please visit the BC Parks website:  

Information regarding the recreation sites and trails adjacent to the park can be found on the Recreation Sites and Trails BC website:

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