Safety is Parks Canada's number one priority

Our crews are monitoring the mountain parks for fires on an on-going basis. In times of high and extreme fire danger, field units perform daily smoke patrol flights and have an initial attack crew along with a helicopter on stand-by.

Every year, multiple  wildfires occur in the mountain national parks. Some of these wildfires threaten local communities and our crews take action immediately and swiftly. If the fires are in the backcountry and do not threaten local communities or resources, they are monitored and may be allowed to burn.

Report a wildfire

The safety of park visitors and residents is our first priority. You can help Parks Canada with wildfire detection. If you suspect a wildfire anywhere in the mountain national parks call 911 or Parks Canada Dispatch.

Help prevent wildfires

  • Keep your campfires in designated pits
  • Dispose of cigarettes in appropriate receptacles
  • Report any suspected wildfires

Watch for signs

Parks Canada is a world leader in restoring ecosystems through the use of prescribed fire. The smoke you see could be from a planned prescribed fire. If your travels take you past smoke or flames, look for roadside information and kiosks to learn about the important ecological role fire plays in these mountains.

Current fire ban status

Park Status
Banff Restricted
Glacier Restricted
Jasper Fire ban
Kootenay Restricted
Mount Revelstoke Restricted
Waterton Lakes Restricted
Yoho Restricted

Campfires are allowed only in fire pits or boxes provided by Parks Canada at all times in the mountain national parks. Keep campfires small and within the pit.
Put out your fire with water in three simple steps: Soak, stir, soak again until it is cold to touch

Fire ban
During a fire ban the following items are not allowed:
  • Campfire
  • Wood or briquette fIres
  • Charcoal barbeques or briquettes
  • Outdoor wood burning stove (ie Chiminea)
  • Tiki torches
  • Turkey fryers
  • Cabin indoor wood burning stove (Check with your cabin booking to confirm)
Allowed items

The following items are allowed during a fire ban but you must never leave your equipment unattended and you must use equipment which is UL certified. Look for these symbols CSA approved and Recognized Component Mark symbols

  • Portable propane fire pits *Note: Portable propane fire pits are not permitted at overflow campgrounds at any time
  • Gas or propane stoves and barbeques for cooking or heating
  • Propane or gas lanterns
  • Propane, catalytic, or infrared/radiant patio heaters
  • Citronella candles or tea lights
  • Residential indoor wood burning stove, with spark arrestor