WILDFIRE AND HIGHWAY 93S UPDATE: August 15, 2018
Parks Canada continues to manage the Wardle wildfire in Kootenay National Park. Significant progress has been made toward containing the fire. No local communities are at risk from the Wardle wildfire.
A long-term forecast for hot and dry weather is expected to continue over the next few days and 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 working on the ground at the fire perimeter and along Highway 93 South to extinguish active fire, limit growth and ensure the safety of the public. Helicopters are intensively water bucketing the fire perimeter and supporting ground crews.
Location: Kootenay National Park
Size (approx.): 3 600 hectares
- 11 helicopters
- 10 pieces of heavy equipment
- 165 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.
- 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.
- The store at Kootenay Park Lodge is open from 8 a.m – 6 p.m., when Highway 93S is open.
- Plan ahead. Travelling between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. 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 and 95.
WHAT IS OPEN (INCLUDING DURING HIGHWAY 93 SOUTH CLOSURES):
North Kootenay National Park
- Great Divide day-use area
- Stanley Glacier trail
- Marble Canyon day-use area and campground
- Paint Pots day-use area
- Kootenay Park Lodge Store (8 a.m. - 6 p.m. at Vermilion Crossing, when Highway 93S is open only)
From 93 South in Banff National Park
- Vista Lake to Twin Lakes trail
- Boom Lake trail
- 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 and Kootenay River boat access. For up-to-date information: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018
OTHER WILDFIRE INFORMATION:
- Cross River Wildfire: 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. Settlers Road through Kootenay National Park is closed due to this wildfire. Visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status for up to date information on closures and evacuations related to the Cross River wildfire.
- Whitetail Creek Wildfire: The Whitetail Creek wildfire, in the Beaverfoot Valley has entered Kootenay National Park at the western boundary. The area within Kootenay National Park is estimated at 3 hectares. This wildfire continues to be managed by BC Wildfire Service.
- Ottertail Spot Fire: The spot fire in the Ottertail valley in Yoho National Park is contained. Crews continue to closely monitor the fire for remaining hotspots.
- Glacier Lake Spot Fire: The spot fire near Saskatchewan Crossing in Banff National Park is now extinguished.
- Kindersley Ridge Spot Fire: The small spot fire on the upper slopes of Kindersley ridge in Kootenay National Park is now extinguished.
- Additional Wildfires: 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.