Mount Boucherie Park is closed indefinitely due to hazards caused by the Tuesday fire on the south side of Mount Boucherie.
The District of West Kelowna parks department has posted closure signs at all trail heads of the park, which is in a natural state and used primarily for its rough terrain hiking trails.
Hazards in the wildfire affected areas of the park are:
– Falling trees and branches
– Falling rock and unstable slopes
– Wind born debris
– Burnt tree root holes, stumps and other tripping hazards
– Sudden water torrents in the event of any rain, which is in the weekend forecast.
Once emergency crews have completed the mop-up stage of the interface fire response, district staff will further evaluate the state of the park and determine what mitigation measures will be required and how long it will take to make the area safe again for public use.
Eain Lamont Park, on the east side of Mount Boucherie, remains open as it was unaffected by the fire. Select trails on the north and east side, leading to the top of the mountain, also remain open.