WILDFIRE AND HIGHWAY 93S UPDATE: August 07, 2018
Parks Canada continues to manage the Wardle wildfire in Kootenay National Park. Highway 93 South will be closed to through traffic for fire operations today (August 7) at 11:30 am MT. If fire management actions proceed as planned, it is anticipated smoke will be visible. No local communities are at risk from fire operations or the Wardle wildfire. Highway 93S will be closed for approximately 24 hours. Check www.DriveBC.ca and www.511.alberta.ca for alternate routes and up-to-date information
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
HIGHWAY 93 SOUTH:
- A portion of Highway 93 South is now partially closed. Motorists currently in transit on the highway are being safely escorted out of the closure area with pilot vehicles.
- The north and south ends of Kootenay National Park are open from Castle Junction to Paint Pots and from Radium Hot Springs to McLeod Meadows. There is no through access.
- Check www.DriveBC.ca and www.511.alberta.ca for alternate routes and up-to-date information.
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.
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.
- A wildfire south of Kootenay National Park, near Cross River is visible from Kootenay Valley Viewpoint and 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.
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
A fire ban is in place for Kootenay, Yoho and Banff national parks due to elevated fire danger.
FOR CURRENT INFORMATION:
Please report any suspicious smoke to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506 or call 9-1-1.