Mark’s Nature Park in Parksville has been closed following a fire on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (PQB News file photo)

Mark’s Nature Park in Parksville has been closed following a fire on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020. (PQB News file photo)

Parksville nature park closed following ‘extensive’ blaze

City crews conducting hazard assessment

Mark’s Nature Park in Parksville has been closed to the public following a fire on Thursday, Nov. 26.

A city pressure release Thursday stated: “As a result of a fire early this morning, the park is now closed to allow our staff to conduct a hazard assessment; we will advise when the park reopens to the public. Signage has been posted at entries to the park advising the public that the park is closed.”

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The release said the fire was relatively extensive and crews, with heavy equipment moving in and out, will now be working in the park to clean up fire debris and assess the affected areas. Because of the fire, some trees in the park are affected and with the already compromised condition of some cedar trees, hazard assessment is necessary. A significant windstorm is expected over the next few days, another reason the park will be closed for the public’s safety.

– will be updated

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