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Boucherie Park closed

With the current forest fire hazard rated high, and bordering on extreme, Mount Boucherie Park is closed until further notice.

The District of West Kelowna will continue to monitor the fire hazard rating and may be required to close other interface parks if hot, dry conditions persist and the threat of wildfire increases.

If you are caught within a closed park in West Kelowna, it will cost you $500.

Mayor Doug Findlater and Fire Chief Wayne Schnitzler are spreading the fire safe message, encouraging everyone to band together and reduce the risk of wildfire.

“This has been one of the most active fire seasons on record, and we must all do our part to protect our community from wildfire,” says Findlater.

“Please obey the current campfire and open burning bans, do not use fireworks and place matches and cigarettes in ashtrays as opposed to throwing them out the car window,” says Schnitzler.

The latest Environment Canada forecast calls for the current hot spell to continue through Thursday.

Temperatures are expected to reach the low 30's Friday and Saturday and the mid 30's Sunday through Tuesday before cooling off to the low 30's Wednesday and Thursday.

There is no precipitation in the forecast.

To report a fire, call 911 to reach the local fire department or *5555 on most cellular networks to contact the BC Wildfire Management Branch.

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