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Kelowna park closed due to forest fire risk

The Dilworth Mountain Park off of Chilcotin Crescent will be closed to the public immediately due to an extremely high fire hazard.

Dilworth Mountain Park consists of the natural areas surrounding the neighbourhoods 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, City of Kelowna urban forestry supervisor.

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

City staff will continue to monitor the situation and will reopen the park once it is assessed as safe.

Residents are reminded that campfires and barbecues are not allowed in city or regional district parks, with the exception of barbecues on beaches. Smoking is also prohibited in all natural areas.

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 BC Wildfire Management Branch or 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department.

For information on Kelowna parks and beaches, see kelowna.ca/parks.

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