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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Wildfire Update from Parks Canada - Sept. 14, 1:25 p.m.

What’s new:
The Verdant Creek Wildfire is currently being held. Recent cooler temperatures and precipitation allowed the crews working directly on the fire’s edge to make significant progress. Parks Canada Verdant Creek Wildfire Operations are now in the monitoring stage.

Parks Canada will continue to actively monitor the Verdant Creek wildfire using helicopters and ground crews. Park visitors may continue to see some smoke and helicopters in the area.

A fire ban remains in effect in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay national parks due to the elevated fire danger and to prevent the possibility of human-caused fires. Changes in the fire ban will occur when it is safe to do so and will be communicated with the public when they are in effect.

Parks Canada extends its thanks to the public for your cooperation, patience and support throughout the Verdant Creek wildfire.

What is closed:
The following fire-related closures remain in place:

In Banff National Park:
  • Ball Pass Trail from west of Re21 to the park boundary; 
  • The trails south from Summit of Allenby Pass, including Og Pass Trail, Hikers Bypass Trail, Horse Trail and Wonder Pass Trail; 
  • Fatigue Creek Trail, Fatigue Pass, Citadel Pass Trail and backcountry campground Su8; 
  • Redearth Pass Trail past Egypt Lake Warden Cabin, including trail to Talc Lake. 
In Kootenay National Park:
  • Verdant Creek and Simpson River area (Note: this closure does not include Kootenay Park Lodge); 
  • Area northwest of Honeymoon Pass Trail including the Hawk Creek Trail. 
Visitors are encouraged to check here regularly for the most current list of closures: http://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/scond/index_e.asp

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Refer to our website: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/verdant-fire 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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