WILDFIRE AND HIGHWAY 93S UPDATE: August 10, 2018
Parks Canada continues to manage the Wardle wildfire in Kootenay National Park. No local communities are at risk from Wardle wildfire.
Location: Kootenay National Park
Size (approx.): 2 650 hectares
- 13 helicopters
- 9 pieces of heavy equipment
- 139 personnel
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
HIGHWAY 93 SOUTH:
- New – Highway 93 South is open; however, active fire in the area may cause the road to be closed with little notice. Plan ahead. Travelling between the hours of 7:00am and 2:00pm MST is recommended. Fire activity is more likely to be reduced during these hours. However, smoke may still affect visibility. Check www.DriveBC.ca and www.511.alberta.ca for alternate routes, up-to-date information.
- 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 turn around and take an alternate route via Highway 1 or 95.
- Forecasted extreme hot weather, low humidity and sustained moderate winds for the next 48 hours could increase wildfire activity and cause intermittent closures.
- The portion of Highway 93 South from the Paint Pots to Olive Lake is a no stopping zone for the safety of the public and fire personnel.
- The following factors are evaluated when closing and opening the highway:
- The risk of falling trees onto the highway.
- Anticipated movement of fire in the area.
- Heavy amounts of smoke that could affect visibility.
WHAT IS OPEN:
- New - Settlers Road remains accessible. Nipika Mountain Resort is open but on evacuation alert. Please refer to www.rdek.bc.ca for more information.
- Visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018 for up-to-date information.
- New - All trails, backcountry campgrounds and day-use areas remain closed from Rockwall trail south to Cobb Lake trail, including Kootenay River day-use area, McLeod Meadows Campground, Dog Lake trail, Kootenay River boat access and Kootenay Park Lodge.
- The 0.01 hectare spot fire on the Highline Trail in Lake Louise is extinguished.
- The 1 hectare Ottertail fire in Yoho National Park is contained. Crews are working to extinguish it with helicopter support
- The 36 ha Cross River fire in BC is being managed by BC Wildfire Service and is visible from Kootenay Valley Viewpoint.
- 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.
Visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018 for up-to-date information.