Due to recent rainfall and favourable conditions, several Kelowna and West Kelowna parks that were closed due to the extreme fire hazard rating in the region will reopen this week.
As of Tuesday, Sept. 12th at noon, park users can once again visit the following parks in Kelowna and West Kelowna:
“We’ve been monitoring the fire hazard rating across the region and conditions have improved with the rainfall and lower evening temperatures,” said Andrew Hunsberger, Urban Forestry Supervisor. “Although it’s safe to open the parks again, we are still at the end of a long, hot summer.
“We ask that residents continue to act responsibly and to report any activity that could put the public at risk,” he adds.
Smoking is strictly prohibited in all parks and public spaces. There will be zero tolerance if offenders are found smoking in parks and public spaces with fines up to $500. Fireworks, as well as open burning, including campfires and in backyard fire pits, is not allowed.
Residents should use extreme caution with smoking materials, off road vehicles, and any tools or machinery that may spark, to avoid inadvertently starting a grass or forest fire.
Anyone who notices smoke or fire in any park should immediately call 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department or *5-5-5-5 on your cell phone for the BC Wildfire Management Branch.
Knox Mountain Drive remains closed to vehicle traffic. Hikers and bikers can visit Knox Mountain Park using the trail system.