WILDFIRE AND HIGHWAY 93S UPDATE: August 12, 2018
Parks Canada continues to manage the Wardle wildfire in Kootenay National Park. No local communities are at risk from the Wardle wildfire.
Location: Kootenay National Park
Size (approx.): 2 800 hectares
- 12 helicopters
- 8 pieces of heavy equipment
- 157 personnel
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
HIGHWAY 93 SOUTH:
- Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park continues to be affected by wildfire, smoke and fire suppression activities, and is subject to temporary closures to ensure the safety of the public. Check www.DriveBC.ca and www.511.alberta.ca for possible temporary closures, alternate routes and the most up-to-date information.
- 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.
- When Highway 93 South is open, the portion of the highway from the Paint Pots to Olive Lake is a no stopping zone for the safety of the public and fire personnel.
- Plan ahead. Travelling between 7:00am and 2:00pm MT is recommended. Fire activity is more likely to be reduced during these hours; however, smoke may still affect visibility.
- 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 highways 1 or 95.
- After a short period of cooler, more humid weather, the long-term forecast is for hot and dry weather which may increase wildfire activity.
- Fire crews and heavy equipment continue to work to establish containment lines to help stop the spread of the Wardle wildfire in the Vermilion valley. Crews are also clearing fire-weakened trees along Highway 93 South and helicopters are intensively water bucketing the fire perimeter. Holding operations have been used on Mount Wardle to remove fuel ahead of the fire, successfully limiting the growth of the fires southward into the Kootenay Valley. Similar plans are in place elsewhere and will be undertaken only under ideal conditions.
WHAT IS OPEN (INCLUDING DURING HIGHWAY 93 SOUTH CLOSURES):
North Kootenay National Park
- Vista Lake to Twin Lakes trail
- Boom Lake trail
- Great Divide day-use area
- Stanley Glacier trail
- Marble Canyon day-use area and campground
- Paint Pots day-use area
- Storm Mountain Lodge
- Shadow Lake Lodge
South Kootenay National Park
- Radium Hot Pools
- Kootenay Valley Viewpoint
- Juniper loop / Redstreak trail
- Redstreak Creek and Kimpton Creek trails
- Kindersley/Sinclair Loop
- Redstreak Campground
- 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. For up-to-date information: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018
- Crews and helicopters are responding to a new lightning-ignited 1 hectare spot fire near Saskatchewan Crossing in Banff National Park. This fire poses no risk to visitors or motorists and is expected to be contained quickly. An area closure is in place for Glacier Lake trail and Glacier Lake campground (Gl9). For more information on this closure visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scond/rec_rep_e.asp?opark=100092
- New - Helicopters are also bucketing on a new small spot fire that was started late yesterday on the upper slopes of Kindersley ridge. This fire is in steep, rocky terrain at treeline, is expected to be contained quickly and poses no risk to local communities.
- The 1 hectare Ottertail wildfire in Yoho National Park is contained. Crews continue to work to extinguish it with helicopter support.
- The Cross River wildfire in BC, south of Kootenay National Park, is being managed by BC Wildfire Service and is visible from Kootenay Valley Viewpoint. Visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status for up to date information on closures and evacuations for the Cross River wildfire.
- 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.