Highway 93 Open

Dive BC Highway 93 Both directions     Highway 93 South is now open. Fire fighters will be working adjacent to the highway and reduced speed zones will be in place. Drivers should anticipate possible delays, the highway may be closed without advance notice to ensure safety for motorists. Drivers may take Highway 1 to Golden BC then south via Highway 95 as an alternate route. Updated on Sat Aug 5 at 10:57 am PDT. Reply Forward

RDEK Update

Good morning,   They are hoping to conduct that controlled burn on the east side of Island Pond fire today.  We do expect it will generate a lot of smoke – so if you see the smoke / plume increase this afternoon, I wanted to reassure you it is part of their planned controlled burn.   The estimated fire size has not changed and they are now estimating it to be 35% contained.   They have the full set of resources on the fire again Continue reading →

Highway 93S Closed From Radium to Castle Junction

Highway 93S Closed From Radium to Castle Junction Due to Verdant Creek Fire (posted: 3:20 PM) FROM DRIVE BC: Hwy 93S Closed in both directions from Radium Hot Springs to British Columbia/Alberta border (97.4 km) due to Forest Fires. No estimate for re-open, assessment ongoing. Next update 12 noon Sunday, August 5. Updated on Fri Aug 4 at 1:59 pm PDT

Off road vehicle ban on crown land

Effective today at noon, the operation of any off-road vehicle for recreational purposes on Crown land will be prohibited throughout the Cariboo Fire Centre, Kamloops Fire Centre and Southeast Fire Centre. In addition, all on-highway vehicles must remain on defined road surfaces. This step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. The operation of any off-road vehicles in these regions during the current wildfire situation creates a pote…ntial wildfire risk. While jeeps, trucks and other on-highway vehicles are permitted on Continue reading →

Highway 93 is closed between Radium and Castle Junction

  Highway 93 is closed between Radium and Castle Junction through the Park due to heavy smoke from the Verdant Creek wildfire.  There is no estimated time of opening at this time. There will be a detour in place via Golden and Highway 95. Visibility will be reduced due to smoke. Please use alternate route.   The Highway remains at single lane alternating near the Island Pond Fire between Skookumchuck and Canal Flats.

Verdant Creek Wildfire Update

  From Parks Canada August 01, 2017 Update: Verdant Creek wildfire Visibility on Highway 93 South through Kootenay National Park and the Trans-Canada Highway (HWY 1) through Banff …National Park is being affected by wildfire smoke and fire suppression activities. Highways will remain open as long as safe driving conditions can be maintained. If smoke settles or thickens in the valley bottom, motorists should expect speed reductions, flagging personnel and pilot vehicles to ensure safe passage. The safety of the public, our crews, park infrastructure Continue reading →

Quick Update – Island Pond Fire RDEK

FROM RDEK I just got an update on the Island Pond Fire and wanted to share it with you.   The fire is now estimated at 1150 hectares. The south and southeast flanks of the fire are currently holding well with machine guarding and air support – as they’ve dropped both water and retardant again today.   They have also done some machine guarding from the south to the east flank today and are continuing those efforts.   The fire is more active currently on the Continue reading →

Special weather statement

Environment Canada 5:43 PM PDT Friday 14 July 2017 Special weather statement in effect for: East Kootenay – north including Invermere East Kootenay – south including Cranbrook Windy weekend across the BC Interior. The ridge of high pressure that has been dominating the weather over southern BC will give way to a cold front on Saturday. Widespread winds of 20 to 50 km/h are expected beginning Saturday afternoon over the central and southern interior. The strong winds will push into the Kootenays by early Sunday Continue reading →