Fire is a natural part of the mountain national park ecosystems. Our national fire management program is committed to reducing the risk of wildfire and its impacts to communities and neighbouring lands as well as to restoring forest health and biodiversity.

Stay informed about current fire information including wildfire status, fire bans and fire protection and restoration projects in Kootenay National Park.

  • How to safely enjoy a campfire in Kootenay National Park

    When a fire ban is not in effect, you can safely enjoy a campfire by following these guidelines:

    • Keep campfires small, and only in designated fire pits or boxes. Fires must be attended to at all times.
    • Completely extinguish campfires with water. Before leaving it, soak it, stir it, and soak it again until it is cool to the touch.
    • Campers are required to purchase a fire permit before using fire pits in road-accessible campgrounds. Campfires are not permitted during quiet hours (11 pm to 7 am).
    • Campfires are not allowed in some backcountry campgrounds. Check the backcountry camping information or ask at a Parks Canada visitor centre before setting out on your hike.

Learn more about

Air quality

For smoke and air quality alerts visit the Environment and Climate Change Canada website.

Or British Columbia’s

Smoke forecast

To help Canadians be better prepared, wildfire smoke forecast maps are available through the Government of Canada’s smoke forecasting system, FireWork. Wildfire smoke forecasts are also available from FireSmoke Canada.

Road conditions

It is always a good idea to prepare for travel by checking Alberta511 and DriveBC before you head out.