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Caution urged as people head back into wildfire affected areas in B.C.

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 at 3:43 pm PDT

FILE: A tanker circles overhead before dropping retardant while battling the Shovel Lake wildfire near Fraser Lake, B.C. on Friday August 17, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The province is warning those heading back into areas affected by wildfires this season to be aware of potential hazards

Damaged trees falling over, hard-to-detect ash pits, unstable ground are just some hazards left behind by wildfires

VANCOUVER – Even as the wildfire season comes to an end, hunters, nature lovers and anyone else heading back into the areas burned by British Columbia wildfires are urged to use caution.

The Ministry of Forests says in a news release that more than 9,450 square kilometres of forest and grassland burned, leaving behind a number of safety hazards for those out in the affected areas.

The dangers include damaged trees falling over, hard-to-detect ash pits that remain hot long after a fire has died down, unstable terrain, increased potential for landslides and water runoff, damaged trail surfaces, and burned fencing that allows livestock to get on to roadways.

The B.C. Wildfire Service says the dangers after a fire may last for two years or more while the risk of floods or debris flows might last longer.

Although several regions have seen cooler and wetter weather, some fire restrictions remain in place in Kamloops, Southeast and Cariboo fire centres.

The Cariboo Regional District has also lifted the four remaining evacuation alerts in the region.