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Spreading Creek Wildfire

Rainfall and cooler temperatures have resulted in significantly reduced fire activity.

  • Highway 93 N (Icefields Parkway) has been fully open since July 14th.
  • All campgrounds, accommodations and attractions on Highway 93 N are open including The Crossing Resort, Waterfowl Lakes Campground, and Rampart Creek Campground.
  • The Warden Lake trail and several low-use trails remain closed.

What's Happening?

Sunday, July 20, 2014 - Rainfall and cooler temperatures over the weekend resulted in significantly reduced fire activity. When the fire was last mapped on July 16th, the total size of the fire is approximately 8,300 ha, with 2,300 ha burning in Banff National Park.

Once Parks Canada has established a perimeter that will contain the fire for the rest of the summer, operations on the ground will be scaled back. Fire management personnel will continue to monitor and assess the fire. Hot spots within the burn area that do not pose a threat of spreading may continue to smoulder throughout the summer.

Management of the Spreading Creek wildfire on Alberta provincial lands continues to be conducted by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. For more information visit: Alberta Wildfire

Highway 93N has remained fully open since July 14th, and facilities in the area remain open, including Saskatchewan Crossing Resort, Rampart Creek Campground and Waterfowl Campground. The Warden Lake trail and several low use trails in the vicinity will remain closed until safe to reopen. A list of all affected trails and areas can be found under the Important Bulletins tab of Banff National Park website.

What about the smoke in the region?

Smoke from fires burning throughout British Columbia and Alberta are contributing to smoke settling in the region. People with smoke sensitivities should take precautions in affected areas. Precautions include avoiding strenuous exercise, limiting time spent in the affected areas and staying indoors. For more information on the effects of smoke, contact Alberta Health Link 866-408-LINK

Next update: as conditions/operations change

Report all wildfires to Banff Dispatch: (403) 762-1473

For information about fires in the province of Alberta, visit: Alberta Wildfire

Map of the Spreading Creek Fire

Map of the Spreading Creek Wildfire (PDF 3.8 MB)

Fire-related Backcountry Closures

All trails west of Highway 93N that were previously closed due to the wildfire are now open. The following areas remain closed to any off highway use or recreational activities of any kind:

Siffleur Region 

  • From Dolomite Pass down Dolomite creek to the Park Boundary 
  • From the head of the Siffleur River drainage, at Pipestone pass, just north of Clearwater pass down the Siffleur River to the Park Boundary

Noyes and Totem Creeks 

  • Above Waterfowl Lakes, on the East side of Hwy 93 N encompassing both the Noyes and Totem drainages

Saskatchewan Crossing Area 

  • Warden Lake Trail 
  • Bike trail that parallels Hwy 11 on SE side of highway 
  • Howse River Trail - leading from Saskatchewan Crossing Warden station 

For updates on highway closures in Alberta, please check 511 Alberta.