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Fire risk closes Knox Mountain Drive

Knox Mountain Drive will be closed to motorists due to an extremely high fire hazard.

The upper portion of the road, past the first lookout, closed July 14 and now the entire road will close after 9 p.m. to reduce the risk of human-caused fire.

“The entire park will remain open to the public, but we are limiting access by vehicle as a preventative safety measure. Park users are asked to be cautious while in the park,” said Blair Stewart, the City of Kelowna’s Urban Forestry Supervisor.

The Knox Mountain Drive road closure will remain in effect until City staff has assessed that it is safe to reopen the road.

Natural parks with no irrigation are susceptible to fire because dry grasses and underbrush can be easily ignited. Dilworth Mountain Park closed earlier today because, like Knox Mountain Park, they border on residential neighbourhoods.

Residents are reminded that a provincial campfire ban is in effect, with the exception of barbecues and cooking stoves on beaches that use gas, propane or briquettes with flames no higher than 15 centimetres. 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 City parks and beaches, see kelowna.ca/parks.

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