WILDFIRE AND HIGHWAY 93S UPDATE: August 20, 2018
Parks Canada continues to manage the Wardle wildfire in Kootenay National Park. Significant progress has been made toward containing the fire and it is now being held. This means that the fire is not expected to spread beyond existing or predetermined boundaries, given prevailing and forecasted conditions.
Due to the number of fires in the region, smoke is widespread. Forecasted warm and dry weather means smoke will likely persist. Visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018 for links to air quality advisories.
Fire and highway crews continue to work on the Wardle wildfire and to keep Highway 93 South open. Many of the personnel are working along the highway to extinguish active fire, limit growth and ensure the safety of the public. For their safety, and that of all travellers, traffic calming measures are in place (see below).
WARDLE WILDFIRE QUICK FACTS:
Location: Kootenay National Park
Size (approx.): 3 600 hectares
Status: Being Held
- 6 helicopters
- 4 pieces of heavy equipment
- 130 personnel
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
As of Monday morning, August 20, two area closures at the north end of Kootenay National Park are lifted, including northern section of the Rockwall trail north of Tumbling Pass.
- Specifically, open: Tumbling Creek Campground and Helmet/Ochre Campground, the Tumbling Creek, Ochre and Helmet Creek trails, and the entire section of the Rockwall trail between Helmet Falls and Tumbling Pass, as well as the Goodsir Pass Trail.
- The southern section of the Rockwall trail, including Floe Lake Campground and Numa Creek Campground along with the Floe Lake Trail and Numa Creek Trail, remain closed.
- At this time, all trails, backcountry campgrounds and day-use areas remain closed from Numa Falls day-use area south to Cobb Lake trail.
- For up-to-date information: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018
WHAT IS OPEN :
North Kootenay National Park
- Great Divide day-use area
- Stanley Glacier trail
- Marble Canyon day-use area and campground
- Paint Pots day-use area
- Northern section of the Rockwall trail (see above)
- Kootenay Park Lodge
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
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 or reduced speeds 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.
- For the safety of the public and fire personnel, a no stopping zone through the fire-affected area along Highway 93 South remains in effect.
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 20 hectares. Parks Canada is assisting BC Wildfire Service in the management of the Whitetail Creek wildfire.
- 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.