Wildfire and highway 93S update: August 29, 2018
Whitetail Creek Wildfire: The Whitetail Creek wildfire on the west boundary of Kootenay National Park is now 445 hectares within the park. Parks Canada continues to assist the BC Wildfire Service in the management of this wildfire. No communities are at risk from this wildfire.
Crews are working to ensure the Whitetail Creek wildfire remains within containment lines established by heavy equipment. To prevent the fire’s spread southward in Kootenay National Park, a containment operation whereby fuel is burned in advance of the fire, is being planned should conditions be favourable in the coming days.
WARDLE WILDFIRE QUICK FACTS:
Location: Kootenay National Park
Whitetail Creek Wildfire Size (approx.): 1,335 hectares
- 2 helicopters
- 25 personnel
Wardle Wildfire: The Wardle wildfire is being held and patrolled. This means that the fire is not expected to spread given prevailing and forecasted conditions and that it is being monitored.
Note: Further updates about the Wardle wildfire and Whitetail Creek 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.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
As of today, Wednesday August 29th, the following areas will be open:
- The southern section of the Rockwall trail will be open (including Floe Lake Campground, Numa Creek Campground and day-use area, along with the Floe Lake Trail);
- The southern Kootenay valley area including: the East Kootenay Trail, McLeod Meadows day-use area, McLeod Meadows Campground, Dolly Varden day-use area, Crook’s Meadow Group Camping, Dog Lake and the Kootenay River day-use area.
- Hawk Creek Trail
- Vermilion Crossing day-use area
- All other closures associated with the wildfires remain in place. For up-to-date information: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018
- At this time, all trails, backcountry campgrounds and day-use areas remain closed from Numa Falls day-use area south to Cobb Lake trail.
- Settlers Road is now open. Visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status for additional up-to-date information on road closures and evacuations related to the Cross River wildfire that is being managed by BC Wildfire Service.
The fire ban will be lifted today, August 29th at 11:00 a.m. MT for Kootenay, Yoho and Banff national parks due to recent precipitation and cooler temperatures that have lowered the fire danger.
NOTE: A fire ban remains in effect for Redstreak Campground in Kootenay National Park, due to drier conditions in this part of the park and in support of the BC Wildfire Service’s adjacent fire ban in the area. It will be lifted as soon as conditions permit.
Recent cooler and wet weather has significantly improved the smoke situation. Visit https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay/securite-safety/kpn-knp-feu-fire-2018 for links to air quality advisories.
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. 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.
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.