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With wildfires raging, where in B.C. is safe for travel?

Much of the Southern Interior remains in the grips of the worst fire season on record.
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Still hoping to squeeze in a road trip in British Columbia this summer? With wildfires raging in the Interior, can provincial leaders pinpoint where's safe - and where we should not go?

The director of response for Emergency Management BC wouldn't be pinned down to specific communities people should avoid as much of the Southern Interior remains in the grips of the worst fire season on record.

During Tuesday's media briefing, Brendan Ralfs reiterated comments made by Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth Monday, asking people to stay out of areas under evacuation alert and evacuation order.

"We are reminding people not to travel to areas impacted by wildfires, specifically those on evacuation order or alert," said Ralfs Tuesday.

"For those who live in wildfire impacted areas, if you're not on order or alert, I want to be clear we are not asking you to leave at this time. But, if you are on alert, we are asking that you be ready to go on very short notice.

"And, if you're put on evacuation order, we are asking you not to delay but to leave immediately both for your safety and the safety of first responders."

But, when pressed to be specific as to which areas to avoid, in particular Kamloops and Kelowna which are not on alert or order, Ralfs reiterated those areas on alert and order - those impacted by wildfires.

"It's difficult to be drawn into specifics because the overall wildfire event has been so dynamic and wide ranging," he said.

"We are encouraging people to avoid areas being impacted by the wildfires, but impacted by wildfires in general, and that kind of includes those seeking accommodations."

Ralfs also directed people looking for places to visit and holiday to continue to monitor the BC wildfire Service websiteEmergency Info BC and DriveBC for the latest information.

"Most of B.C. is smoke free and not impacted by evacuation orders or alert. We are encouraging people to choose those areas to travel to."