Knox Mountain File Photo

Knox Mountain closure due to extreme fire risk

Vehicles are only permitted to the first lookout on the mountain park in Kelowna

The upper portion of Knox Mountain Park Drive is closed today due to an extreme fire risk. As a result, no vehicle traffic will be allowed past the gate at the first lookout until conditions improve, according to the City of Kelowna.

Residents and visitors can access the first lookout of Knox Mountain by vehicle however, individuals wanting to go further up the mountain will have to do so by foot or bike.

“Not only have we been experiencing hot weather the past few days, but the forecast shows that temperatures will continue to climb. This puts our parks at risk of becoming extremely dry which increases fire hazard,” said Blair Stewart, parks services manager. “We still encourage the public to visit Knox Mountain, but to be cautious and understand that hot, dry conditions come with potential fire risks.”

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

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, according to the city.

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