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Dropping wildfire threat reopens part of Knox Mountain Drive

FILE - Barricades blocking traffic on Knox Mountain Drive are pictured in this file photo. The road will be reopened to vehicles as far as the first lookout tomorrow, Sept. 4, 2015.
September 03, 2015 - 11:57 AM

KELOWNA – Although the majority of Knox Mountain Drive will remain closed due to the risk of wildfire, the road will be reopened to vehicles as far as the first lookout tomorrow.

The Friday, Sept. 4 opening comes after the road was closed in July due to the high risk of fire.

Urban Forest Technician Andrew Hunsberger says in a media release even though the risk of fire has decreased as a result of cooler temperatures and rain, they still ask park visitors to continue to use caution.

“The rain and cooler weather may not appeal to everyone, but we can all agree our parks and natural areas needed it,” he says.

The campfire ban has been has also been lifted for provincial parks and Crown lands, however open burning is still prohibited in the City of Kelowna. Smoking is prohibited in all parks and natural areas as well.

Anyone noticing smoke or fire in any park should immediately call 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department or 1-800-663-5555 or *5-5-5-5 on a cell phone.

For more information on City parks, visit

To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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