Parks Canada continues to manage the Wardle wildfire in Kootenay National Park. The wildfire is active adjacent to Highway 93 South on both sides of the road. Smoke continues to limit visibility at times, but Parks Canada aims to safely open the road intermittently to through traffic as early as Sunday afternoon.

In order for the highway to be considered safe the following factors are evaluated:
  • The risk of falling trees onto the highway.
  • Anticipated movement of the fire.
  • Heavy amount of smoke that could affect visibility.

If any of these risk factors are identified, the highway will be closed.

QUICK FACTS:

Location: Kootenay National Park
Size (approx): 1,200 hectares
Resources: All required resources have been deployed to these fires:

  • 9 Helicopters
  • Two pieces of heavy equipment
  • 90 personnel

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

HIGHWAY 93 SOUTH
  • Check www.DriveBC.caand www.511.alberta.ca for alternate routes and up to date information.
  • The safety of the public, our crews, infrastructure and neighbouring lands is Parks Canada’s top priority. Parks Canada recognizes the importance of Highway 93 South to the local business community, residents of the Columbia Valley, commuters, commercial operators, and visitors and is working to safely open the highway as soon as possible.
  • Plan ahead. Travelling between the hours of 7:00am and 2:00pm MST is recommended. Fire activity is more likely to be reduced during these hours. However, smoke may still affect visibility.
  • The Wardle wildfire is still active. Motorists should be prepared to wait at road blocks intermittently or long-term with little notice. Travellers should be prepared with enough fuel and supplies in case they are required to turn around and take an alternate route via Highway 1 or 95.
  • Current closed areas of Kootenay National park will remain closed until further notice.
WHAT IS OPEN
  • Columbia Valley communities and businesses remain open. Areas at the North and South ends of Kootenay National Park, including the Radium Hot Pools, Storm Mountain Lodge and Shadow Mountain, remain accessible.
  • In the south of Kootenay National Park, access from Radium Hot Springs to McLeod Meadows is open.
  • In the north of Kootenay National Park, access to Paint Pots from the Junction of the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) is open.
AREA CLOSURES

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The Whitetail Creek wildfire, west of Kootenay National Park in the Beaverfoot Valley continues to be managed by BC Wildfire Service in partnership with Parks Canada.
  • The Siffleur Wilderness Area wildfire, north of Banff National Park in the Siffleur River Valley continues to be managed by AB Wildfire.
  • Parks Canada fire crews continue to monitor for new wildfires and are ready with the resources to respond quickly.

FIRE BAN:

A fire ban is in place for Kootenay, Yoho and Banff national parks due to elevated fire danger.

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