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Western Canada Wild Fires Affecting Summer Climbing

The wild fires in Western Canada have been raging for over a month and many climbers are feeling the burn.

The first are burning throughout B.C. and into Alberta and the smoke is making it difficult to approach, climb and be up high in the mountains.

On Castle Mountain, a number of climbers had to descend before starting their route because the smoke was so thick they were choking.

Closer to Banff, the popular Sunshine Slabs has been closed due to the nearby fires, which are causing ash to fall in the valley late in the day.

Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park has been closed because of a 4,500-hectare fire that is threatening the trails. In Rogers Pass, big fires can been seen from the tops of most peaks. Check out the webcam here.

The Sea to Sky area around Squamish is full of smoke, making it hard to see across the Howe Sound at certain times of the day. Check out the webcam here.

Before travelling anywhere, check the hashtags #bcwildfire and #wildfire on social media to see recent images.