The Verdant Creek wildfire in Kootenay National Park and Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park is estimated at 14,130 hectares. While the fire continues to burn, it does not directly threaten the Bow or Columbia Valley and remains on the west side of the Continental Divide. Parks Canada is actively managing the spread of the fire through the deployment of ground crews and bucketing with helicopters. 

Parks Canada will continue to manage the fire. It is not uncommon for the fire season in this region to extend into September. It is possible that the Verdant Creek fire could continue until the end of the fire season.

What’s new: 

Current weather conditions in the region have created strong winds. Parks Canada is anticipating some fire movement in remote regions and smoke in the area. 

Some areas closures related to the Verdant Creek wildfire will be reopened.  

As of Sunday August 20th, the following areas in Banff National Park will re-open:

  • All trails in the Egypt Lake area, including Healy Pass Trail and backcountry campgrounds E5, E13, Re16, and Egypt Lake Shelter.
    Note: Backcountry reservations for these areas will be taken starting Monday, August 21st. Bookings can be made by leaving a voicemail at (403) 762-1556 or (403) 522-1264.  Please note that every person must leave a voicemail, and voicemails are returned in the order they are received.  For bookings departing in less than 48 hours, it is advisable to visit a Parks Canada Visitor Centre in order to ensure your booking.
  • Sunshine Meadows, including the Simpson Pass Trail 
    Note: Hikers are reminded to stay on designated trails at all times, and check BC Parks Website for closures before undertaking any trails in Mt. Assiniboine Provincial Park. The Citadel Pass trail and Fatigue Creek Trail remain closed.  

All other closures associated with the Verdant Creek Wildfire remain in effect.  Visitors are encouraged to check here regularly for the most current list of closures, here

What’s closed:

In Banff National Park:

  • Fatigue Creek Trail, Fatigue Pass, Citadel Pass Trail and  backcountry campground Su8
  • Ball Pass Trail from west of Re21 to the Park Boundary and Re21
  • Redearth Pass Trail past Egypt Lake Warden Cabin, including trail to Talc Lake

In Kootenay National Park:

  • Area northwest of Honeymoon Pass Trail including Hawk Creek Trail
  • Verdant Creek and Simpson River area
  • The South western portion of the Vermilion valley

For current information: 

  • For current area closures and air quality information, refer to our website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/verdant-fire and our Facebook and Twitter channels.
  • Highway 93 through Kootenay National Park continues to be affected by wildfire, smoke and fire suppression activities. Drivers can expect to see crews working roadside to contain the fire, as well as smoke in the area and burned areas along the roadways.
  • Check DriveBC.ca and alberta511.ca for possible temporary closures, alternate routes and the most up-to-date information. When Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park is open, it is a safe route to the Columbia Valley.  Should it be impacted by smoke or fire behaviour, alternate routes, such as Highways 1 and 95 through Golden, BC, add only approximately one additional hour of driving time. 

A fire ban remains in effect in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks to prevent the possibility of human-caused fires. Despite recent rain, forests are still very dry and fire danger is elevated. 

Emergencies only:

Report wildfires, illegal campfires, or suspicious smoke to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506

MAP - Closures as of Sunday August 20, 2017: