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Paul's Tomb joins growing list of Kelowna parks you can't visit

Paul's Tomb in Knox Mountain Park is now closed to the public due to extreme fire risk.
July 19, 2017 - 11:12 AM

KELOWNA – An extreme risk of fire has closed two more Kelowna parks until further notice.

Paul’s Tomb and the entire Lochview Trail of Knox Mountain are now closed to the public, along with Canyon Falls Park in South Kelowna and more than a dozen more.

They are in addition to Dilworth Mountain Park and Knox Mountain Drive, which closed last week and the 16 Central Okanagan parks that were closed yesterday, July 18.

Parks services Manager Blair Stewart says the parks, and Dewdney Road Beach access in McKinley Landing, have been identified as higher risk because of limited access points, and extremely dry grass and underbrush.

“We ask park visitors to be vigilant and report any activity that could put the public at risk,” Stewart says. “We’re taking a stepped approach and will continue monitoring these areas.”

A province-wide fire ban is currently in place and campfires and barbecues are not permitted in City or Regional District parks. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all public spaces, and according to a media release, there will be zero tolerance for offenders caught smoking in parks.

Report smoke or fire immediately by calling *5-5-5-5 on your cell phone for the B.C. Wildfire, or call 9-1-1 and ask to speak to the fire department.

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