In order to protect parks and nearby homes from wildfires, the Comox Valley Regional District has banned smoking in any of its parks and trails, due to the extremely dry conditions.

To protect parks and nearby homes from wildfires the CVRD has banned smoking from all of its parks and trails. Park stewards will be patrolling parks such as Nymph Falls, Seal Bay, One Spot and Wildwood Forest to enforce the no smoking requirement.

The CVRD hopes that people respect the ban; if not, the regional district will consider closing the parks, says Manager of Parks Doug DeMarzo.

The regional district followed the province campfire ban in banning all beach fires in CVRD parks, and the fire rings at Goose Spit and Little River were subsequently removed.

Park users are advised to be cautious while enjoying the outdoors.

Fires can and do spread quickly, putting trees, animals, buildings and people at risk.

For information on CVRD parks visit: www.comoxvalleyrd.ca/parksandtrails

(CVRD)