Parks Canada is currently managing a wildfire complex that includes a number of lightning-ignited wildfires in Kootenay National Park and Banff National Park. Parks Canada also continues to work in partnership with BC Wildfire Service and Alberta Wildfire in the management of wildfires on neighboring lands. The safety of the public, our crews, infrastructure and neighboring lands is Parks Canada’s top priority. Road closures, area closures and evacuation orders are in place.


Location: In the Vermilion Valley and Kootenay Valley in Kootenay National Park. As well as in the Bow Valley of Banff National Park on Lipalian Mountain.
Resources: All required resources have been deployed to these fires: 

  • 9 Helicopters
  • Firefighters from Parks Canada and BC


  •  A partial closure is now in place for Highway 93S with no through access. Certain areas at the North and South ends of Kootenay National Park, including the Radium Hot Pools are accessible.
  • In the South, access from Radium Hot Springs to McLeod Meadows is now open. In the North, access to Paint Pots from the Junction of the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) is now open.
  • Highway 93S remains closed to through traffic from Paint Pots to McLeod Meadows campground due to wildfire. Check and for alternate routes.
  • Area closures :
    • A new closure is in place for Hector Gorge trail.
    • A new closure is in place for the North Rockwall from Tumbling Pass to the Paint Pots trailhead, including Helmet Creek trail, Goodsir Pass trail and Wolverine Pass trail. This closure includes associated campgrounds: Tumbling, Helmet and Helmet/Ochre.
    • The South Rockwall trail from Tumbling Pass to Floe Lake trailhead, including associated campgrounds: Numa Creek and Floe Lake.
    • The area near Luxor Pass trail, West Kootenay trail, Dolly Varden trail and Crooks Meadow Group camping;
    • Honeymoon Pass trail, Hawk Creek trail and Simpson River trail;
    • Day-use areas including Wardle Creek day-use area, Vermilion Crossing day-use area and Simpson’s Monument day-use area.
  • Kootenay Park Lodge has been evacuated due to the proximity of the Wardle fire to the lodge, the weather forecasted for the next two days and the dry conditions on the ground.
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  • Columbia Valley communities and businesses remain open. When Highway 93S through access is not possible for safety reasons, alternate routes, such as Highways 1 and 95 through Golden, BC, add only approximately one additional hour of driving time. Check and for road closures.
  • A fire ban will be implemented today for Kootenay Yoho and Banff national parks due to elevated fire danger.


  • On Wednesday, August 1, the two lightning-ignited wildfires in the Vermilion Valley, south of Vermilion Crossing combined together and grew significantly. The Wardle wildfire, as it is now called, moved northward in the Vermilion Valley and is now estimated at 1000 hectares.


  • One of the spot fires in Kootenay Valley, south of Kootenay Crossing is now extinguished and another is contained. 
  • The fire on the slopes of Lipalian Mountain in the Bow Valley, east of the Hamlet of Lake Louise is being held.
  • The Whitetail Creek wildfire, north of Kootenay National Park in the Beaverfoot Valley continues to be managed by BC Wildfire in partnership with Parks Canada.
  • Parks Canada fire crews continue to monitor Kootenay and Banff national parks for new wildfires and are ready with the resources to respond quickly.


A fire ban will be implemented today for Kootenay Yoho and Banff national parks due to elevated fire danger.


Please report any suspicious smoke to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506 or call 9-1-1.

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