WILDFIRE AND HIGHWAY 93S UPDATE: August 08, 2018
Parks Canada continues to manage the Wardle wildfire in Kootenay National Park. Highway 93 South remains closed to through traffic due to fire operations and wildfire activity. For alternate routes and up-to-date information, the next update will be at 12:00 p.m. MT on www.DriveBC.ca and www.511.alberta.ca.
Smoke is visible. No local communities are at risk from Wardle wildfire.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
HIGHWAY 93 SOUTH:
- A portion of Highway 93 South is partially closed. It will remain closed until it is safe to reopen. 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 amounts of smoke that could affect visibility.
WHAT IS OPEN
- Columbia Valley communities remain open for business. 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 including Radium Hot Pools, Storm Mountain and Shadow Lake lodges.
- All trails, backcountry campgrounds and day-use areas remain closed from Rockwall trail south to Dolly Varden trail, including the Prospectors Valley area and Crooks Meadow Campground.
Visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018 for more information on closures.
- Cross River, Whitetail Creek and Porcupine wildfires are being managed by BC Wildfire Service and AB Wildfire respectively.
- Parks Canada continues to monitor for new wildfires and are ready to respond quickly.
Location: Kootenay National Park
Size (approx.): 1,420 hectares
Resources: All required resources have been deployed to these fires:
- 11 Helicopters
- 2 Pieces of heavy equipment
- 120 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.