Off-road motorized vehicle use and smoking banned in natural areas

Fire Bylaw Order issued

Off-road motorized vehicle use and smoking banned in natural areas

August 1, 2017

Penticton - In collaboration with the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and the Penticton Indian Band, the City of Penticton is issuing a Fire Bylaw Order [PDF - 157 KB] closing all natural areas within the City limits, West Bench and the Penticton Indian Band lands to off-road motorized vehicle use and smoking.

“Given the provincial state of emergency and the current extreme conditions in the community, we feel that it is necessary to take this next step in wildfire prevention,” says Larry Watkinson, Fire Chief for the City of Penticton. The Fire Bylaw Order closes natural areas such as the wildland bush trails and along the Kettle Valley Rail trail to smoking as well as off-road use of motorized vehicles such as dirt bikes, quads and 4x4 trucks.

“We really appreciate the support of the community in adhering to the Fire Bylaw Order and reducing the risk of fire in the region,” says Watkinson.