WILDFIRE AND HIGHWAY 93S UPDATE: August 06, 2018
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.
There is a high probability that fire operations will require a closure of Highway 93 South with no through access as of 12:00 p.m. MT tomorrow, Tuesday, August 7. If needed, this closure may last for approximately 24 hours.
Location: Kootenay National Park
Size (approx): 1,200 hectares
Resources: All required resources have been deployed to these fires:
- 10 Helicopters
- 2 pieces of heavy equipment
- 100 personnel
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
HIGHWAY 93 SOUTH
- Intermittent highway openings are now in effect for Highway 93 South. Parks Canada will only open the highway when it is safe to do so. Safety depends on how intense fire activity becomes during the day, how much the fire moves, if smoke limits visibility and if strong winds could cause fire-weakened trees to fall onto the highway.
- Plan ahead. Travelling between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. MT is recommended. Fire activity is more likely to be reduced during these hours; however, smoke may still affect visibility.
- 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 take an alternate route via Highway 1 or 95.
For the highway to be considered safe to reopen, 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.
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 and Shadow Lake lodges remain accessible.
- During highway closures, the south end of Kootenay National Park (Radium Hot Springs to McLeod Meadows) remains open, as well as the north end of the park (from the Junction of the Trans-Canada Highway to Paint Pots).
- All trails, backcountry campgrounds and day-use areas remain closed from the Rockwall trail south to the Dolly Varden trail, including the Prospectors Valley area.
- Visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018 for more information on closures.
- A wildfire burning south of Kootenay National Park, near Cross River on BC provincial land is visible from Kootenay Valley Viewpoint. This wildfire is being managed by BC Wildfire Service.
- 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, now referred to as the Porcupine wildfire, north of Banff National Park 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.
A fire ban is in place for Kootenay, Yoho and Banff national parks due to elevated fire danger.
FOR CURRENT INFORMATION:
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please report any suspicious smoke to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506 or call 9-1-1.
- Visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018 for up-to-date information.