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Fire risk closes Knox Mtn. Rd.

The upper portion of Knox Mountain Park Drive will be closed immediately due to an extremely high fire hazard. As a result, no vehicle traffic will be allowed past the upper gate until conditions improve.

Residents and visitors will be able to access the first lookout on Knox Mountain by vehicle; however individuals wanting to go further up the mountain will have to do so by foot or bike.

“We’ve had hot weather the past few days which has resulted in our parks becoming extremely dry and significantly increasing fire risk,” says Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor.

“The entire park will remain open to the public, but we are limiting access by vehicle to the upper portion of Knox Mountain as a preventative safety measure. Park users are asked to be cautious while in the park.”

The Knox Mountain Drive road closure will remain in effect until City staff has assessed that it is safe to reopen the road.

Residents are reminded that campfires and barbecues are not allowed in City or Regional District parks, with the exception of barbecues on beaches. Smoking is also prohibited in all natural areas.

Park users and park neighbours are asked to be vigilant. Anyone noticing smoke or fire in any park should immediately call *5-5-5-5, the BC Wildfire Management Branch or 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department.

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