Update, July 25, 2017: Verdant Creek wildfire
Parks Canada continues to actively manage the Verdant Creek Wildfire and crews have made good progress to keep the fire from spreading in priority areas. Our fire management specialists are confident that the fire is not a risk to communities in the Bow Valley.
Parks Canada is planning to open trails in the Egypt Lake area, Healy Pass, Sunshine Meadows and Sunshine Village on Wednesday, July 26th.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- The safety of the public and our crews, and protecting park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is Parks Canada's first priority
- The fire is still active and is not a threat to local communities.
- Smoke associated with the fire in BC may be present in the Bow Valley.
- A fire ban remains in effect in Banff and Kootenay National Parks due to the elevated fire danger and to prevent the possibility of human-caused fires.
- Backcountry camping permits within the Banff and Kootenay National Park closure areas remain cancelled until further notice. Individuals with backcountry reservations should contact 403-762-1556 or visit a Parks Canada Visitor Centre.
WHAT IS OPEN:
- All facilities in Banff and Kootenay national parks are open, except for the area closures.
- All highways in Banff and Kootenay national parks remain open.
WHAT IS CLOSED:
As of today, these backcountry area closures remain in place within Banff and Kootenay National Parks:
- Verdant Creek and Egypt Lake areas
- Fatigue Creek Trail
- As the situation evolves, additional trails may be re-opened. Visitors are encouraged to check our website for current closure information and maps.
- It is illegal to fly an unmanned air vehicle (UAV, or drone) in a national park. Flying a drone or UAV during fire management operations is extremely hazardous. It endangers fire management personnel and aircraft, and impedes the important work they're doing. People who attempt to fly drones in these areas can face fines of up to $25,000 under the Canada National Parks Act.
- Current Frequently Asked Questions are posted on Banff National Park’s website.