WILDFIRE AND HIGHWAY 93S UPDATE: August 23, 2018
Parks Canada is managing 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.
Further updates about the Wardle wildfire will be provided only when there are significant changes such as notable fire growth, changes to area closures and anticipated increase in fire activity.
Parks Canada continues to assist the BC Wildfire Service and is managing the Whitetail Creek wildfire, which is currently burning on of the west boundary of Kootenay National Park.
WARDLE WILDFIRE QUICK FACTS:
Location: Kootenay National Park
Size (approx.): 3 600 hectares
Status: Being Held
- 5 helicopters
- 93 personnel
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Due to the number of fires in the region, smoke is widespread. Today’s warm and dry weather means smoke will likely persist. Smoke from the wildfire may affect visibility for drivers and crews that are working along the highway. Visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018 for links to air quality advisories
HIGHWAY 93 SOUTH:
- Fire and highway crews continue to work along Highway 93 South to extinguish the Wardle wildfire and keep Highway 93 South open. Drivers are reminded to respect the traffic restrictions through the fire-affected area along the highway to ensure the safety of crews, highway personnel and the public.
- A travel advisory remains in effect for Highway 93 from Castle Junction to Radium Hot Springs. Smoke from the wildfire may affect visibility for drivers and crews that are working along the highway. Travellers should plan for reduced speeds, delays and temporary closures. Check www.DriveBC.ca and www.511.Alberta.ca for the most current information.
- For the safety of travelers, crews, and highway personnel, reduced speeds and a no stopping zone through the fire-affected area along the highway remain in effect.
- As of Monday morning, August 20, two area closures at the north end of Kootenay National Park were lifted, including the northern section of the Rockwall trail (north of Tumbling Pass).
- The southern section of the Rockwall trail remains closed (including Floe Lake Campground and Numa Creek Campground along with the Floe Lake Trail and Numa Creek Trail).
- 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 (north of Tumbling Pass)
- 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
OTHER WILDFIRE INFORMATION:
- Whitetail Creek Wildfire: The Whitetail Creek wildfire, ignited by lighting in the Beaverfoot Valley, is burning on both sides of Kootenay National Park’s western boundary. The area within the park is estimated at 100 hectares. Parks Canada is assisting BC Wildfire Service in the management of this wildfire.
- 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.
- 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.