The extreme fire hazard has led to the closure of eight regional parks in the Central Okanagan Regional District.
It’s the first time since 2014 the District has taken such action, saying it’s out of concern for public safety.
The closures will be until further notice.
· 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)
Communications Officer Bruce Smith says, “These regional parks will remain closed until further notice. The extended forecast predicts continued high temperatures which raises the potential danger of a serious fire. While many of these parks that are closed have had fuel modification work done, they are in forested areas with challenging terrain in close proximity to subdivisions and neighbourhoods. With the extreme fire danger the risk of any serious interface fire is high.”
Residents are asked to stay out of closed parks and obey any signage.
Anyone found inside a closed Regional Park could be subject to a fine of $500.