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Posted on: July 21, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 21, 2:20 p.m.

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - July 21, 2:20 p.m.

The Parks Canada incident management team is actively managing a wildfire in Kootenay National Park and Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. The fire remains on the west side of the Continental Divide, approximately 24 km from the Town of Banff and approximately 2.5 km from Sunshine Village.

The fire remains relatively stable. Parks Canada is working closely with BC Parks and BC Wildfire Service to manage the fire which is located in Kootenay National Park and Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park. The current perimeter of the fire is approximately 2500-3000 hectares.

In a separate incident last night, lightning ignited a small spot fire on the slopes of Mount Crook in Kootenay National Park. Parks Canada staff responded immediately and are actively managing the fire. The fire is expected to be contained by the end of the day. Smoke from this fire may be visible from highway 93S, near Crook’s Meadow.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
  • The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure and neighbouring lands is Parks Canada’s first priority. 
  • Our fire crews are making progress and continue to prevent the spread of the Verdant wildfire in key locations. 
  • The fire remains on the west side of the Continental Divide. 
  • The Verdant Creek wildfire is currently not a threat to local communities. 
WHAT IS OPEN:
All facilities in Banff and Kootenay national parks are open, except for the area closures. There are many frontcountry and backcountry destinations for visitors to explore. All highways in Banff and Kootenay national parks remain open.

In the proximity of the closure area, the following facilities remain open: Shadow Lake Lodge and other tourism operations in the area, Hawk Creek and Redearth Trails to Ball Pass.

WHAT IS CLOSED:
Backcountry area closures remain in place in the Verdant Creek area of Kootenay National Park and in the Egypt Lake and Brewster Creek areas of Banff National Park. Sunshine Village is now closed to the public to facilitate Parks Canada’s fire management operations.


Backcountry camping permits in this area are cancelled until further notice. Individuals with backcountry reservations in the area closure should contact 403-762-1556 or visit a Parks Canada Visitor Centre.

A fire ban is still in effect for all mountain national parks due to the elevated fire danger and to prevent the possibility of human-caused fires.

For more information about Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park: www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/mt_assiniboine

FOR CURRENT INFORMATION:
Refer to our website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/banff and our Facebook and Twitter channels.

Emergencies only: Report wildfires, illegal campfires, or suspicious smoke to Banff Dispatch at 403-762-4506.
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