An extreme fire hazard has closed Dilworth Mountain Park, and all of its natural areas surrounding the neighbourhoods along Dilworth Drive and Summit Road.
“The Okanagan has been experiencing steady hot weather the past several weeks and our parks, especially the natural ones, are becoming extremely dry,” says Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor.
“Currently, the risk of grass fires is high and we need to reduce the potential for any type of ignition at this time.”
The park will be reopened once it is safe, as City staff continue to monitor the situation.
Residents are also 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.
Anyone noticing smoke or fire in the park should immediately call *5555 to reach the Wildfire Management Branch, or dial 911 to speak to the fire department.