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Be aware of wildfire risk: Kelowna Fire Department

‘With the recent fire on Knox Mountain, it’s important to follow steps for emergency preparedness’
Firefighters drop retardant during wildfire on Knox Mountain in July, 2017. (Douglas Farrow)

As the risk of wildfire increases with rising seasonal temperatures, the Kelowna Fire Department reminds residents and visitors to be careful.

Campfires and outdoor wood-burning appliances, including wood-fueled fire pits, are not permitted within city limits, including on private property.

The fire department adds people also need to be aware of potential wildfire hazards including carelessly discarded cigarettes, hot machinery, and reflections from glass and mirrors.

“Long stretches of hot weather can create very dry conditions that make fire danger a reality in our community,” says Paul Johnson, fire prevention officer.

He adds that certified propane and natural gas campfire appliances and fire tables are permitted, and certified propane gas barbecues are allowed on city beaches.

Charcoal briquette barbecues, food smokers and smoking are banned in city and regional parks and beaches.

With the recent fire on Knox Mountain, Johnson says it’s important that residents and businesses follow steps for emergency preparedness.

More information is available on the City of Kelowna, FireSmart BC and Central Okanagan Emergency Operations websites.

READ MORE: Knox Mountain dog park, Paul’s Tomb remain closed after wildfire


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Gary Barnes

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Recently joined Kelowna Capital News and WestK News as a multimedia journalist in January 2022. With almost 30 years of experience in news reporting and radio broadcasting...
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