WILDFIRE AND HIGHWAY 93S UPDATE: August 09, 2018
Highway 93 South remains closed to through traffic due to fire operations and wildfire activity. Check www.DriveBC.ca and www.511.alberta.ca for alternate routes, up-to-date information and the next update at 9:00 p.m. MT.
Parks Canada continues to manage the Wardle wildfire in Kootenay National Park. 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. In order 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 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, Crooks Meadow Campground and Kootenay Park Lodge.
- Visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018 for more information on closures.
- A Parks Canada fire crew with helicopter bucketing support is extinguishing a new, contained, 0.1-hectare spot fire of unconfirmed origin on the Highline Trail in Lake Louise. The fire poses no risk to communities or to visitors.
- Parks Canada continues to monitor for new wildfires and is ready to respond quickly
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.
Location: Kootenay National Park
Size (approx.): 2 250 hectares
- 12 helicopters
- 8 pieces of heavy equipment
- 125 personnel