Delta raised its fire danger rating to high on July 5. (James Smith photo)                                (James Smith photo)

Delta raised its fire danger rating to high on July 5. (James Smith photo) (James Smith photo)

Delta parks reopen after lowered fire rating

The open burning ban is still in effect.

Delta’s parks have reopened this morning thanks to a lowered fire warning.

The five parks that closed on Aug. 2 are now open to visitors, although smoking is prohibited. These parks are the Cougar Canyon Nature Reserve (11300-block of 72 Ave., North Delta), Delta Nature Reserve (8000 Nordel Way, North Delta), Watershed Park (11600 Kittson Parkway, North Delta), Boundary Bay Park Reserve (35 66th St., Tsawwassen) and North 40 Park Reserve (North of Churchill St., Ladner).

Because of the park reopening, the Burns Bog Conservation Society has now moved their programs back to the Delta Nature Reserve, including this weekend’s Bog Escape.

The fire rating, although no longer extreme, is still high and residents are encouraged to remain on designated park trails to reduce the risk of accidental fires.

Delta is still under an open burning ban, which prohibits campfires, beach fires and propane and briquette barbecues in public areas until further notice.

Report fires directly to 911, and any unauthorized activity that poses a risk of fire to the Delta Police Department’s non-emergency line at 604-946-4411.

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