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City of Richmond bans outdoor fires, barbecues in public parks due to fire hazard

The City of Richmond has issued a ban on all outdoor fires and barbecues, including charcoal or propane barbecues, in all city parks and trails.
The City of Richmond has issued a ban on all outdoor fires and barbecues, including charcoal or propane barbecues, in all city parks and trails. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

With a heat wave set to hit the Metro Vancouver area, the City of Richmond has issued a ban on all outdoor fires and barbecues, including charcoal or propane barbecues, in all city parks and trails.

All three North Shore municipalities put a similar ban in place two weeks ago.

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Several Richmond parks and trails have been closed due to fire hazard.

They are:

– Shell Road Trail
– Horseshoe Slough Trail
– Bridgeport Trail
– Queens Canal Trails
– Nature Park West (park, boardwalks and trails)
– Nature Park East (park, boardwalk and trails)

A massive ridge of high pressure over the Metro Vancouver area is expected to push temperatures in many communities into the mid-to-high 30s.

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Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound, the Sunshine Coast and south and eastern Vancouver Island are all forecast to feel the burn until at least the middle of week.

-With files from The Canadian Press

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