August 8, 2014 1:42 pm

Kelowna park closed due to extreme fire risk

Dilworth Mountain park looks over the City of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake. Extreme dry conditions have prompted the City to lock up access to the park.

Doris Maria Bregolisse/ Global Okanagan

KELOWNA, B.C. – As the summer heat wave continues, so does the threat of wildfires in the Okanagan prompting the City of Kelowna to protect property.

Dilworth Mountain Park is now closed due to extremely high fire hazard.

The park is located on Chilcotin Crescent and includes areas along Dilworth Drive and Summit Road.

“The Okanagan has been experiencing steady hot weather the past several weeks and our parks, especially the natural ones, are becoming extremely dry,” said Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor.

Barbecues and campfires are banned in Regional District and City parks, excluding barbecues on the beach.

“Currently, the risk of grass fires is high and we need to reduce the potential for any type of ignition at this time,” said Stewart.

Smoking is not allowed in all natural areas around Kelowna.

The City of Kelowna is asking residents to be aware of their surroundings and anyone who notices smoke or fire should immediately call the BC Wildfire Management Branch at *5-5-5-5, or 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department.

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