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Fire threat closes road into Knox Mountain Park
The risk of wildfire has closed Knox Mountain Park Drive in Kelowna.
The city has announced that the road in to Knox Mountain Park will be closed as of Wednesday, Aug. 22 due to extremely high fire hazard. As a result, no vehicle traffic will be allowed in the Knox Mountain Park park until conditions improve.
"Conditions in the park are extremely dry and the risk of a fire is high," said Blair Stewart, urban forestry supervisor.
"While the park remains open to the public, we ask all park users to be cautious. Campfires are not allowed in city or regional district parks and smoking is prohibited in all natural areas."
The Knox Mountain Drive closure follows a campfire ban issued for the Central Okanagan Regional District on Aug. 17. Similar bans from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have been issued across the Kamloops Fire Centre area within B.C. parks and on Crown and private lands.
Park users and park neighbours are asked to be vigilant. Anyone noticing smoke or fire in any park should immediately call *5-5-5-5, the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch or 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department.