Update – August 9, 2021 – The City of Mission will be re-opening the greenways of Fraser River Heritage Park as of Tuesday, August 10, 2021. The forested trail network will remain closed at this time as the extreme fire rating remains in place.
Mission, BC – The City of Mission has closed several trails and park areas due to the extreme fire hazard rating across the region.
Areas currently closed to the public are all of Fraser River Heritage Park, including the greenways, the forested trail systems, and the trails connecting to Westminster Abbey.
Mission Municipal Forest’s Tree Farm Licence #26 is also closed, including the Stave West Forest and Recreation Area, Hunter Road, and Red and Bear Mountain. Only vehicles travelling to designated and reserved campsites or the BC Hydro Boat Launch will be allowed in the area at this time. No other activities are permitted in the area until the fire hazard is significantly reduced, at which time the City will provide an update.
This integrated response is from a number of key service providers including the Mission Fire Department, Mission Forestry Department, RCMP, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources & Rural Development (FLNRO), BC Conservation Officer Service, BC Hydro, and Mission Bylaws.
Enforcement is in place, and those who do not follow the closures and fire ban during this time may be subjected to fines.
Mayor Paul Horn advises, “While we all love our parks and forests, it’s clear that we have to put safety first. We are hearing from many who are worried about their homes, so let’s recreate elsewhere for now and keep our eyes open for unsafe activity in our greenbelts.”
For the safety of our Community, please respect these temporary closures and help to protect our beautiful natural setting.
To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour that could start a wildfire in British Columbia, please call 1 800 663-5555 or (*5555 from a cell phone) as soon as possible. Information from the public is crucial to the effectiveness of our response.
Manager of Tourism and Communications
Facts and Further Information:
Emergency Alerts and notifications for Mission are broadcasted on the Alertable App. This can be downloaded in the App store on any mobile device.
Smoking is prohibited in all parks at all times in the City of Mission. Failure to comply with this Bylaw could result in a fine of up to $10,000.