FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2017
In the interest of public safety, the City of West Kelowna has closed several parks due to extreme threat of fire.
After several days with an Extreme Fire Hazard Rating and very dry conditions, the following community parks will be closed to the public until further notice:
- Mt. Boucherie Trails – including Boucherie Rush and Boucherie Grind
- Eain Lamont Park – Lakeview Cove Road
- Rose Valley Trail access – McDougall Road
- Casa Palmero Park and Walkway – Casa Palmero Drive
- Davidson Creek Park - Shannon Woods Drive
- Shannon Way Park – Shannon Way
- Rock Ridge Park – Griffiths Place
- Wild Horse Park – Wild Horse Drive
In addition, the Regional District of Central Okanagan has closed the following parks:
- Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park
- Coldham Regional Park
- Glen Canyon Regional Park
- Kalamoir Regional Park
- Rose Valley Regional Park
- Stephens Coyote Regional Park
- Scenic Canyon Regional Park
- Mission Creek Greenway (Phase 2)
An Extreme Fire Hazard Rating indicates fires can start very easily, quickly spread and be more difficult to suppress. These parks are closed in the interest of public safety and protection of these important amenities. The public is asked to obey all posted signage and to not access these closed parks.
The public is reminded that open burning, including campfires and in backyard fire pits, is not allowed anywhere within the City of West Kelowna. The use of fireworks is banned unless express permission is given from West Kelowna Fire Rescue.
Residents should use extreme caution with smoking materials, off road vehicles, and any tools or machinery that may spark, to avoid inadvertently starting a grass or forest fire during this extremely sensitive time.
If you see smoke or observe an illegal campfire in a forested area, call 911 immediately. If you observe people accessing these closed parks, call West Kelowna Bylaw Enforcement at 778-797-8810. People observed disobeying these regulations will be fined; fines can be as much as $500.