The brush fire that started Sunday night in Knox Mountain Park is now considered fully contained.
Kelowna Fire Department was called to the fire just after 8 p.m., and 30 members worked to knock down the blaze. Within hours they had made significant progress containing the fire. Crews worked throughout the night and will continue to address any hotspots over the next few days. There was no new fire activity overnight.
Evacuatioln notices have been rescinded, but the upper portion of Knox Mountain Park is now closed.
Recreational users and vehicle traffic will not be allowed past the upper gate. The closure will remain in effect until Kelowna Fire Department has deemed the area safe.
“We have had above average temperatures over the last couple months, which has resulted in our parks becoming extremely dry and significantly increasing fire risk,” said Blair Stewart, Urban Forestry Supervisor.
“We would like to remind residents and visitors 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 parks and public spaces.”
Park users and park neighbours are asked to be vigilant. Anyone who notices smoke or fire in any park should immediately call 9-1-1 to speak to the fire department or *5-5-5-5 on your cell phone for the BC Wildfire Management Branch or information on City parks and beaches, see kelowna.ca/parks.
The evacuation alert notice for the following streets has been rescinded: • Woodpark Court • Woodpark Crescent • Avonlea Way • Lambeth Court • Camelot Court • Pendragon Plac