The Mahood Lake campground in Wells Gray Park is closed due to evacuation orders and the threat of the Canim Lake wildfire in the area.
“In the interest of public safety, BC Parks has closed this park until further notice,” the notice reads. “There is an evacuation alert for this park until further notice.”
While the Mahood Lake area is closed, park visitors can still visit unaffected provincial park areas. The rest of Wells Gray Park remains open at this time. For updates, visit the BC Parks wildfire updates summary page.
Canim Lake and Ruth Lake Provincial parks also remain under alert, while Flat Lake, Green Lake, Crater Lake and Chasm Provincial Park and Chasm Ecological Reserve are closed. Edge Hills Provincial Park and Downing Provincial park at Kelly Lake, both west of Clinton, are also closed, along with the Howard Lake Recreation Site.
An evacuation order was issued by the Cariboo Regional District for South Canim Lake and Mahood Lake regions the morning of July 14 just before 11 a.m. The order affected 482 properties spanning 26,395 hectares. The Canim Lake is estimated to be 1,651 hectares.