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Extreme fire risk on Knox

The City of Kelowna has closed the upper portion of Knox Mountain Drive to all vehicle traffic.

The city took the measure as a result of yesterday's small roadside fire.

While recreational users are allowed to access all areas of the park, vehicle traffic will not be allowed past the upper gate due to the extreme fire hazard.

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

“Until the fire danger rating improves, we are closing the upper gate to vehicle traffic,” said Blair Stewart, urban forestry supervisor.

“Park users and neighbours are asked to be vigilant, and anyone who notices smoke or fire in any park should immediately call 911 to speak to the fire department or *5-5-5-5 on your cellphone for the BC Wildfire Management Branch.”

Campfires and barbecues are not permitted in any park within city limits, with the exception of barbecues on beaches. Smoking is also prohibited in all parks and public spaces.

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