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. 

AREA CLOSURES

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • 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

FIRE BAN

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

FOR CURRENT INFORMATION ‎ 

Contact: llyk.fire-feu@pc.gc.ca 

Please report any suspicious smoke to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506 or call 9-1-1.

For up-to-date information

QUICK FACTS

Location: Kootenay National Park
Size (approx.): 2 250 hectares
Resources: 

  • 12 helicopters
  • 8 pieces of heavy equipment
  • 125 personnel