Update, July 27, 2017: Verdant Creek wildfire
** NOTE: Further updates regarding the Verdant Creek wildfire will be provided only when there are significant changes. **
The Parks Canada fire management team continues to cooperatively manage the Verdant Creek wildfire with BC Parks and BC Wildfire Service. Recent smoke visible in the Bow Valley and Highway 93S is coming from this fire and wildfires elsewhere in British Columbia.
Fire activity is expected to increase along the remote southern boundary of the Verdant Creek fire with warmer temperatures. A potentially large smoke column may be visible from the Bow and Columbia Valleys during the afternoons. This pattern is expected to continue for a few days.
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 Verdant Creek wildfire remains on the west side of the Continental Divide in a remote area and fire management specialists remain confident that the fire is not a risk to local communities.
- Smoke may affect visibility along highways through and adjacent to Banff and Kootenay national parks. Check Drive BC and AB 511 for up to date information.
- Air quality advisories and more information are available from these provincial government agencies:
- An interactive map showing predicted movement of smoke can be found on this Environment Canada website
- 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 for Su8 in Banff National Park (403-762-1556) and the Verdant Creek backcountry campground in Kootenay National Park (250-347-9505) remain cancelled until further notice. Individuals with backcountry reservations should call the numbers provided.
WHAT IS OPEN:
- All facilities in Banff and Kootenay national parks are open, except for backcountry campgrounds and trails within the area closures.
WHAT IS CLOSED:
These backcountry area closures remain in place within Banff and Kootenay National Parks:
- 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.
- For information about Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park