BC Wildfire Update 2018
BC is currently experiencing ongoing #BCWildfire conditions. A number of fires were started as a result of thunderstorms in the area. The largest fire is the Whitetail Creek fire, located on Mount Wardle, in Kootenay National Park, 40 km away from the Columbia Valley. Visibility in the Valley is fairly good with no smell of smoke.
Please note that as of August 1st, 2018, highway 93 south was closed between Castle Junction and Radium Hot Springs due to wildfires.
The next highway update is expected on Sunday, August 5th, at 11 am (MDT). Please check https://511.alberta.ca/ for the latest updates.
Travellers should check Drive BC and AB 511 for updates on closures, alternate routes and the most up-to-date information. Alternate routes include Highway 95 and Highway 1 via Golden, or southern access via Fernie. The wildfire is not a threat to local communities.
Crews continue to work to contain the spread of the fire. The safety of the public, their crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands remains Parks Canada’s first priority. A fire ban remains in effect due to the elevated fire danger and to prevent the possibility of human-caused fires.
For current air quality advisories, FAQ, and information about current area closures, refer to the Parks Canada website.