August 08, 2014 - 11:01 AM
WEST KELOWNA – A high forest fire hazard rating in the area of Mount Boucherie has prompted the city to close the park to the public until further notice.
The District of West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater says hot, dry conditions have made this one of the busiest forest fire seasons on record and he urges residents to work together to reduce the risk of wildfires. He asks that the current campfire and open burning bans be followed and that cigarettes and matches be stored safely and not thrown out car windows.
Dilworth Mountain in Kelowna has also been closed to the public due to an elevated risk of fire and both parks will be reopened once the risk has diminished.
“We must all do our part to protect our community from wildfire,” Findlater says.
To report a fire, call 911 to reach the local fire department or *5555 on most cellular networks to contact the B.C. Wildfire Management Branch.
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