BC Wildfire Update
BC is currently experiencing ongoing #BCWildfire conditions.
The smoke from the Verdant Creek wildfire in Kootenay National Park has been impacting Highway 93 and parts of the Columbia Valley. The Verdant Creek wildfire is not a threat to local communities.
Smoke from the fire comes and goes, literally with the wind. We have been lucky to have many clear days and we haven’t been impacted by the smoke as much as other areas like Banff and Canmore.
Visibility along Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park continues to be affected by wildfire, smoke and fire suppression activities and may be subject to temporary closures to ensure the safety of the public. Travellers should check Drive BC and AB 511 for possible temporary closures, alternate routes and the most up-to-date information. If Highway 93 is closed, alternate routes include Highway 95 and Highway 1 via Golden, or southern access via Fernie.
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.